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posted 24 Nov 2010, 00:53 by Péter P   [ updated 24 Nov 2010, 13:25 ]

Buddha was a young prince, Siddharta Gautama, who lived about 2,500 years ago in the region of the frontier between India and Nepal. After he had recognized, how deeply people suffer from old age, illness and death, he turned away from the luxury life at the royal court and started his spiritual search. For six years, he studied with spiritual teachers of the high Indian culture of his days and also practiced strict asceticism.

This way, he had learned various views of the world and meditations, but nothing that had the power of really liberating all beings from all suffering completely. Therefore, he finally sat down under a leafy tree in Bodhgaya, a place in the Northern lowlands of India and stayed there for six days and nights in deep spiritual absorption. On the morning of a full-moon day in May he recognized that there is no real separation of the one who experiences from what is experienced, that there is neither an independent self nor an outward world that exists independently from those who experience it. He experienced, that this realization did not lead to nothingness, but that mind is very rich by itself, which shows as fearlessness, absolute joy and non-discriminating love.

Since then prince Siddharta Gautama has been called "Buddha, the Awakened",
awakened from the sleep of ignorance and confusion – just like you wake up from a dream in the morning. Although the dream may have been experienced as quite intense and very real, after waking up there is nothing left of it except perhaps a memory. In exactly the same way we can wake up from our current confusion – our dualistic perception and our belief in reality. Then all those old ways of suffering disappear just like the dream when we wake up.


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