“Buddha” means “one who is awake.” The Buddha who lived 2,600 years ago was not a god. He was an ordinary person, named Siddhartha Gautama, whose profound insights inspired the world.
Buddha is not a name, but a title. It is a Sanskrit word that means “a person who is awake.” What a buddha is awake to is the true nature of reality.
🚴♂️ Day 259: Ban Huai Lua to Huai Yai Chio 🇹🇭 83km 🚴♂️: Literally every town and village I’ve ridden through has at least one temple, all of which have the most incredible decorations and statues of gold and colour, with giant green serpents lining the stairways. These serpents, or nagas, are supposed to keep away bad spirits, according to Buddhists 🐉🐉
- THE CONTEMPLATIVE FOUNDATION -
[The Student pt.5 of?]
The student is now prepared to embark upon the third level of training, that of the "advanced aspirant," by accepting the Bodhisattva precept known as bodhicitta (enlightened attitude) from a chosen master who embodies the essence of this unique spiritual discipline. Bodhicitta encompasses all aspects of the Mahayana path, from a perfect endeavour for universal enlightenment to a development of compassion and wisdom and finally to enlightenment (which is the ultimate bodhicitta).
Practical bodhicitta requires the mastery of the twin principles of enlightenment (skillful means and discerning wisdom). The devotee as an inspiring bodhisattva inculcates kindness and compassion and in the process practices generosity, altruism, tolerance, striving and inner quiet.
In order to complete the enlightenment process he/she develops his/her intellectual power to its transcendental level, for wisdom opens up an revolutionary insight into the ultimate state (voidness) of mind and reality, on the one hand, and encompasses the wider dimension of reality: the the imperceptible unity of material and mental phenomena and, indeed, the inseparability of existence and enlightenment (samsara and nirvana).
Why cows/bulls are respected,loved and seen sacredness in by Hindus (India) ?
For a better understanding in 2019’s world, cows are grass eating puppies for Hindus (Indians)
And ya, we don’t see dogs as man’s best friend but we see cows as man’s best friend even before it was cool 😎 cows stood by whole of humankind and civilization selflessly serving humans though out the world not just India !
Cows and bulls have been an integral part in the context of Indian household.A partner in work,play and more,the way they walk,run,till or even jump, every aspect of them is loved,revered and celebrated in our culture.
Especially in India every house hold always had a cow in their backyard which served Indians for thousands of years. From the food(milk,butter,curd,ghee) to the fuel ,disinfectant and fertilizer “It’s the cow that which stood by us when we had nothing to our metro cities “
Cows have been the backbone of Indian families and Indian agricultural ever since the dawn of human civilization.
Cows earned the respect, earned the motherly hood and cows deserve more respect and love than any other animal loved in today’s instagram animal lovers world !
Bulls played /plays a similar role in India and is respected largely as much as cow especially in southern India (Tamil nadu )
For instance If a man wants to or eat dog/ cat meat in America ,Canada or any western countries he will get shot or knocked out,it’s the similar emotion in India with the cows.
Every living beings deserves to live and has to be respected as much as humans do in-fact animals make planet better and Greener than humans,hindusim consider this majorly.
Fortunately more westerners as well as asians realizing the importance,value,culture behind cow and having a vegetarian diet and saying no to the animal slaughterings.
The Ten Great Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva. Respect all Buddhas. Praise the Buddhas. Make abundant offerings. Repent misdeeds. Rejoice at others' merits. Request the Buddha to turn the Dharma wheel. Request the Buddha to remain in the world. Follow the teachings of the Buddhas at all times. Accommodate and benefit all sentient beings. Transfer merits universally.
Señora, dame paciencia... Fue en Bai Dinh donde nos encontramos esta llamativa escultura budista. Representa a Kuan-Yin, la diosa de la misericordia en el budismo chino. La leyenda cuenta que prometió no descansar hasta haber librado del sufrimiento hasta al último ser vivo. Al darse cuenta de que a lo mejor se había flipado y que el trabajo era excesivo, explotó en mil pedazos. Buda la cogió y la reconstruyó dándole muchos brazos y cabezas para que pudiera trabajar con más almas al mismo tiempo
Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space.
There are six colours in the flag, but the human eye can see only five. They are described in the #Scriptures as emanating from the aura around the Buddha's head. There are 5 vertical stripes of red, yellow, blue, white and orange.
The red, blue, yellow, white and green #buddhist prayer flags represent elements like air, fire, water and earth. ... Green is water, yellow is earth, and blue is wind. They also represent directions – North, South, East, West and Center.