Tag Archives: Buddha

Flower festival

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chicks breaking
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flower festival

Today is Hanamatsuri or Flower festival. It is also the time we celebrate the birth of the Buddha. Just as a chick breaks through its shell to be born we too must break through our ego to be born a compassionate being. May today be your birth too.

Buddha weeps

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tilling the
spring soil-
Buddha weeps

So I have heard that the Buddha, when he was a little boy named Siddhartha, was watching the fields being plowed. He saw how the birds went behind the plow eating worms that had been uncovered. Even before becoming the Buddha he recognized the cycle of life and the suffering it caused. It is said he sat in the shade of a tree and spontaneously meditated. Reaching the first stage of enlightenment.