Saturday, December 7, 2013
Bodhi Day (Enlightenment Day), December 8th
Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya
Today is the day, on the Gregorian calendar, that the Buddha's enlightenment is celebrated.
Thanks, An Upright Stone, for the reminder!
"When the mind was thus concentrated, purified, bright, unblemished, rid of defilement, pliant, malleable, steady, & attained to imperturbability, I directed it to the knowledge of the ending of the mental fermentations. I discerned, as it was actually present, that 'This is stress... This is the origination of stress... This is the cessation of stress... This is the way leading to the cessation of stress... These are fermentations... This is the origination of fermentations... This is the cessation of fermentations... This is the way leading to the cessation of fermentations.' My heart, thus knowing, thus seeing, was released from the fermentation of sensuality, released from the fermentation of becoming, released from the fermentation of ignorance. With release, there was the knowledge, 'Released.' I discerned that 'Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world."
-from Maha-Saccaka Sutta: The Longer Discourse to Saccaka (MN 36),
translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Access to Insight.