“An extraordinary Man arises in this world for the benefit of the many,

for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world,

for the good, benefit and happiness of men.  

Who is this extraordinary Man?  It is the Fully Enlightened One.”

Many valuable books have been written to present the life of  Siddhartha Gautama, a special human being,  who suffered, practiced the Way, experienced transformation, reached liberation, and became “the Fully Enlightened One,” and known as Shakyamuni Buddha, or the Buddha.

The Buddha taught that  there is a Buddha in each of us.  We need to touch seeds of understanding and love that are burried deep inside of us, and we help those seeds grow so we can offer to ourselves and the world the flowers of insight and enlightenment.

The wisdom and compassion with which the Buddha taught are evident in the lives of the individuals who follow His teachings.  It points to a way of life and attitudes that emphasize harmony and oneness with all living beings.

Regardless of the limitations of language and culture, the wisdom of the Buddha transcends time and space and directly speaks to the heart of all humanity.

 

The following image depicts Buddha’s inherent strength in the timeless posture of deep meditation.  This gesture of meditation symbolizes perfect belance of thought, peace, tranquillity, and concentration on the Dharma.  It is also a comfortable position for the hands during seated meditation.

The Buddha Enlightened Me

On my first day of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about cultivating a calm and  peaceful mind.

On my second day of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about developing awareness and awaking to my true nature.

 

On my third day of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about reducing stress and managing pain.

On my fourth day of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about practicing patience and understanding the nature of my anger.

On my fifth day of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about opening my heart and clearing away the cloud of confusion.

On my sixth of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about cultivating loving-kindness and compassion without attachment.

On my seventh day of meditation,  the Buddha enlighened me about connecting with others who share my sense of wonders.

On my eighth day of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about freeing my heart from hatred and freeing my mind from worry.

On my ninth day of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about working with my heart and mind to experience true happiness.

On my tenth day of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about the preciousness of human life and the feeling of gratitude.

On my eleventh day of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about the law of karma.  What comes around goes around.

On my twelfth day of meditation, the Buddha enlightened me about the reality that human life is very brief and the meaning of impermanence.

 

The following image depicts the Buddha with his right hand raised in reassurance and his left hand lowered in liberality and generosity.

Praise of Buddha (a)

He descended in an auspicious cloud from above,

To be born in the Palace of King Sudhodana.

Queen Maya from her right side gave birth to the beautiful Prince.

Celestial music resounded in the sky.

Nine dragons splashed water to bathe the young Prince.

He looked around and took seven steps forward.

Pointing to the heaven and earth,

He declared himself as “the Only Honored One.”

All hailed the Blessed One as the future Master of All Dharmas.

(Source:  The Buddhist Liturgy, Hsi Lai Temple, www.hsilai.org)

Praise of Buddha (b)

Siddhartha renounced his lfe as a prince.

He attained a state of Perfect Enlightenment,

And known as Shakyamuni Buddha.

The Buddha taught the doctrines of truths,

Which were established with many approaches.

His profound teachings evolved and spread.

Associations of Sangha were formed in lotus fragrance.

Assisting sentient beings to be rid of impurity,

To accumulate purity, wisdom and virtues,

And, leading all the way to the pure land.

Blessed be our Master Shakyamuni Buddha.

(Source:  The Buddhist Liturgy, Hsi Lai Temple, www.hsilai.org)

 

Praise of Buddha (c)

May our Master Shakyamuni Buddha be praised endlessly.

His great accomplishments were achieved through countless eons.

He realized Supreme Enlightenment by the snowy mountain peaks.

Between his eyebrows, white curls emit rays with brilliance,

Shining through the darkness of the six paths of existence.

We wish to meet our Mster in the three assemblies under the dragon flower trees,

Where the truth of the Dharma is preached.

We wish to meet our Master in the three assemblies under the dragon flower trees,

Where the truth of the Dharma is preached.

In heaven and on earth, there is no one who resembles the Master.

In all realms and all directions, there is no one who is comparable with the Master.

Everything in the whole world that I have seen without exception,

There is nothing whatsoever like the Master.

Blessed be the Master of this Saha world and the three realms.

The benevolent Father to all beings.

The Founder of the Buddhism.

Blessed be our Master Shakyamuni Buddha.

(Source:  The Buddhist Liturgy, Hsi Lai Temple, www.hsilai.org)