Rev. Master Oriana takes to the sky this morning, flying back to Eugene Buddhist Priory after a five month stay at Throssel. Fly safely good friend in the Dharma.
Rev. Oriana trained at Throssel from 1998 until 2013 when she was appointed chief priest of the Eugene Priory in Oregon, USA. She gave this talk during her five-month visit to Throssel, following the Festival of Maitreya Bodhisattva in early February. It emphasizes the point that although we know Maitreya as the Buddha Yet to Come, we can only see him now, today, and that we all have the potential to be Maitreya Taken from the Throssel website.
Here is the dedication spoken by the celebrant, Rev. Oriana, at the start of the Maitreya Ceremony.
“Above the heavens there is no Maitreya, below the Earth there is no Maitreya, but seeing his face is superior to hearing his name.If you meet him in person, you cannot be deceived.” (quoting Great Master Dogen)
We dedicate this ceremony to Maitreya, the Buddha yet to come. As Maitreya becomes Buddha, gaining a wisdom that knows the cause of suffering and the end of suffering, a wisdom that moves from duality to emptiness, may we, too, gain the same wisdom and see the Pure Land.