27 Feb Life & Teaching of the Buddha
The child destined to become the Buddha was born around 500 B.C., in what is now northern India and Nepal. His parents named him Siddhartha Gautama, “he who achieves his aims.”
On the day of his birth, according to legend, a seer named Asita came down from the mountains and issued a prophecy: this child would either become a great king, ruler of the world – or he would become an enlightened sage.
His father wanted his son to be a king, and so he did everything in his power to steer him away from the spiritual path. He kept Siddhartha locked away in luxurious palaces, never allowing him to have so much as a glimpse of suffering, pain, illness or death.
And so he grew up, got married, started a family.
But one day, while out riding, he encountered an old man, a sick man, and a decaying corpse. He was horrified when his charioteer explained that all people grew old, got sick, and died. Then he encountered an ascetic, a wandering monk.
And in that moment, Siddhartha realized his life’s purpose.
He left his wife and family, left the luxuries of the palace behind, and hit the road – vowing to find a cure, a solution, a way out of suffering.
At first he followed the path of renunciation, fasting and abstaining from all comforts, begging for alms and giving himself over to yoga and meditation. His austerities grew more and more extreme, until he was surviving on wild nuts and leaves.
He pushed himself to the brink of starvation, and one day while bathing he passed out from hunger and nearly drowned. But a peasant girl saved his life, reviving him with milk and pudding.
He saw then that renunciation was not the answer. He realized that liberation was not to be found through worldly indulgence nor through self-mortification, but through balance – what he called “the Middle Way.”
Following this insight, the Buddha sat himself down in the shade of a tree, and vowed not to rise until he discovered the Truth, and attained the liberation he desperately sought. For weeks he sat absorbed in contemplation. He was granted cosmic visions, and tempted by Mara, the demon trickster who represents the selfish ego.
But he persevered, penetrating every veil of illusion, and after 49 days…
He woke up.
From then on he was known as the Buddha, “the Awakened One.” He spent the rest of his life traveling and teaching others how to awaken themselves.
He taught his disciples that life as we know it is unsatisfactory. Our ego, and our selfish desires, keep us chasing after pleasures which are fleeting and impermanent, so that we can never know peace. But there is a way out of suffering: the Noble Eightfold Path: right understanding, right motivation, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and concentration.
In other words: make your thoughts, words and actions peaceful. Harm no living thing, nor even wish them harm. Through study and meditation, realize the illusory nature of the ego. Learn to quiet the mind, so you can experience the profound peace and bliss of your true nature.
He told them there is a state of perfect peace, beyond desire, beyond the delusions of the mind: nirvana. They could feel it in his presence; they could see it in his eyes. He demonstrated a new way of being; fiercely compassionate, radically awake and present to the moment.
And now, more than 2,500 years later, his spiritual insights still ring true. His life is a timeless metaphor for the spiritual path, and how it unfolds in our lives. His teachings are still fresh, still relevant…
And still showing us the way to peace, harmony and awakening.
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