Sunday, 22 May 2011

Buddha Speaks - Being Awake


Sometimes, something happens, and you feel like you are suddenly seeing clearly.  Some people call it an “aha” moment.  Really, though, these moments are the attempts to move us towards “knowing” all the time.  It takes simply allowing to be able to do this.  Most of us just do not have the time to wait for complete knowing.  We have bills to pay and mouths to feed.

Enjoy this little story.

How Buddhism Began

"Are you a god?" they asked. "No." "An angel?" "No." "A saint?" "No." "Then what are you?"

Buddha answered, "I am awake."

His answer became his title, for this is what Buddha means. The Sanskrit root budh denotes both to wake up and to know. Buddha, then, means the "Enlightened One" or the "Awakened One." While the rest of the world was wrapped in the womb of sleep, dreaming a dream known as the waking state of human life, one of their number roused himself. Buddhism begins with a man who shook off the daze, the doze, the dream-like vagaries of ordinary awareness. It begins with the man who woke up.

-Huston Smith, "The Man Who Woke Up"

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