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Sometimes it is said that the Buddha (the Awakened One) sits in the palm of ones hand. Or that we sit in the palm of the Buddhas hand. Either way the message is that Awakening IS and ever present, even now.
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The following is from The Denkoroku – The Record of the Transmission of the Light. Chapter 1. Shakyamuni Buddha. Copyright, Shasta Abbey Press 1993.
Shakyamuni Buddha, The Awakened One. Upon seeing the morning star, Gautama became Shakyamuni Buddha when He was, is and will be awakened to His TRUE SELF and said, says and will say, “I was, am and will be enlightened, together with the whole of the great earth and all its sentient beings, simultaneously.
I hope it goes without saying that while Awakening is now and ever present it does require of us to wake up! Not only that, there is getting out of bed and then getting on with ones day, awake! It is a common practice to sleep walk through the day. In effect to live in fairyland – where one is not. Or as I put it, getting ahead of oneself or behind oneself. This why it is so very important to not only Rise Up (wake up) and Walk on (through the day) but also to forget.
In this video I have a go at talking about what the Buddhas Enlightenment means to us, now. In three minutes that’s a tough call! Watch your mind as you watch.
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