We are Buddhas Ourselves

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“I tell you, there’s no Buddha, no Dharma, no practice, no awakening.
But you get all sidetracked trying to find something.
Blind idiots!
Would you stick another head on top of your own?
What do you think you’re missing?”
(The Record of Linji 19)

A few words of the great Zen Buddhist master Linji telling us that we lack nothing, we are buddhas ourselves and therefore it’s time to act like it…

I took this portrait of a Tibetan monk who was sitting next to me during the International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony under the Bodhi Tree, the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment), in Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar.

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