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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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Deep thoughts

Posted in Buddhism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by designldg

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“The oldest living city in the world”.
This monk is standing at the entrance of the tibetan temple in Sarnath.
He was reading mantras and sometimes he was looking at the few people who were walking in the gardens.
It was very hot that day and I think he was standing there in order to feel the wind which was blowing then just before the storm.
He saw me taking pictures of him and he didn’t mind striking several poses but this picture was shot before he realized what I was doing and I think it’s where he is looking the most natural when he was deep in thoughts.

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The Tibetan Buddha Ideal

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The ideal goal of spiritual development in Tibetan Buddhism, a Mahayana tradition, is to achieve the enlightenment (Buddhahood) in order to most efficiently help all other sentient beings attain this state.

Buddhahood is sometimes partially defined as a state of omniscience.
“Omniscience” relates to the Buddhist principle that all things are created by mind.

When, in Buddhahood, one is freed from all mental obscurations, one is said to attain a state of continuous bliss mixed with a simultaneous cognition of emptiness, the true nature of reality.
In this state, all limitations on one’s ability to help other living beings are removed.

It is said that there are countless beings who have attained Buddhahood.
Buddhas spontaneously, naturally and continuously perform activities to benefit all sentient beings.
However it is believed that sentient beings’ karmas limit the ability of the Buddhas to help them.
Thus, although Buddhas possess no limitation from their side on their ability to help others, sentient beings continue to experience suffering as a result of the limitations of their own former negative actions.

I took this picture last afternoon while I was visiting Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar, the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment) and where stands the International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony which will end the 10th of December .

“May you all be happy!”

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Daughter of Wisdom

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As I was wakling towards the entrance of the Mahabodhi Temple, the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment), in Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar, I saw this Tibetan Buddhist nun who was sitting along the road.
She seemed to be tired probably because of a long journey in order to attempt the International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony and she was resting there for a while.
A young Indian girl was helping her.
I could see that she is not an ordinary woman, I believe that she is highly educated as she is an elder nun and, as I could listen that she kept on repeating mantras, I felt that she was preserved in the sincere and dedicated practice of spiritual teachings which are the heart of Tibetan culture.

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