Tuesday, 13 May 2014

United Nations Vesek & Buddha Purnima __/❤\__ 13-14th May 2014

Celebrating Buddha’s birth, enlightenment & paranirvana _/☼\_

A Full Scorpio Moon at 20:16BST highlights poignant renewal when reflecting the light of Spirit Sun in earthy Taurus – the sign of the Moon’s exaltation. Scorpio represents rebirth, often through difficult and trying circumstance, while Taurus is nourishing, earthy and solid. So while the Moon traverses insightful Scorpio, this deeply profound Buddha Moon says much about the need for emotional stability in order to see the light and be metaphorically reborn.

This 24 degree Taurus Sun also emphasizes a realistic approach to all our endeavors, which then helps to develop a greater understanding of our own world, and personal experiences. Realism overcomes illusion and delusion, as well as being practical when dealing with karma and the result from action (in thought, word or deed), from which there is no escape.

In his book "Old Path, White Clouds" Thich Nhat Hanh tells the story of the Buddha pointing at the moon, who says "I must state clearly that my teaching is a method to experience reality and not reality itself, just as a finger pointing at the moon is not the moon itself. A thinking person makes use of the finger to see the moon. A person who only looks at the finger and mistakes it for the moon will never see the real moon."

So while we express devotion and love of Buddha’s life during Vesak & Buddha Purnima (and again on SakaDawa 13th June for Tibetan Buddhists), perhaps the most important aspect is to be realistic, and see one’s life clearly for what it is, to walk the talk, and put Buddha’s teachings of the 8-fold Noble Path into action, starting with the ‘right view’: Note now how you feel, what you’re thinking, how you communicate, what you do and how you do it; be aware that when you’re mindful of yourself in relation to the world around you that you are self-enabled to transform something quite ordinary into the extraordinarily beautiful and meaningful. Then watch your light of wisdom magically grow...

Happy Vesek everyone!

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