Enlightened Buddha

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On Bodhi Day
Siddhartha becomes Buddha
Teacher of Dharma

Bodhi Day is the day that the Buddha reached enlightenment. This occurred over 2500 years ago and is celebrated on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, December 8th. On this day Buddhists commemorate this day by meditation, studying the Dharma, chanting sutras (Buddhist texts) and performing kind acts towards other beings. Some celebrate by a traditional meal of tea, cakes and readings.

I personally will be fasting on this day and spending time meditating.

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

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      • i think i read it in German… Baum if i remember… i read it in the 1990s unfortunately lost it… it is quite so touching that i still remember it

      • Thank you for the information. I have ordered Hesse’s poetry books from the Library. If it is not in those there are a few more in reference that I can check out. I will let you know what I find. I love a good hunt. 🙂

      • It could be i am wrong on title … it is Spring night,,,Im Kastenien Baum… should be the start… i have lost touch with German now…

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