July 16 is a very special day. It is ‘Choe.khor duchen,’ the day Shakyamuni Buddha started teaching (turning the wheel of dharma) after his enlightenment. It is one of the 4 most important days of the Buddhist year. The other 3 days are when the Buddha displayed miracles (to prevent conversion); when he became enlightened (Saga dawa); and when he returned to earth to teach us after teaching his mother in a Buddha pure realm. All the consequences of our actions of body, speech, and mind are enhanced millions of times today. So please be careful what you say, what you think, and how you behave. Everything beautiful, tasty, melodious sounding, sweet smelling, good vibrations, offer them all to the Buddhas, and to all beings wishing them everlasting happiness. Be grateful for each breath and each step. Think about others as much as you can and wish them happiness and relief of suffering. If you able to forgive others and yourself, do it today! Feel happy about all the wonderful things done by your teachers, yourself, and all beings. Someone is helping someone else every second. Feel happy, whistle a turn, a skip like a child!
Compassion is an often-used word, but rarely understood. According to the Buddha, compassion is the relief of suffering. So, what is suffering? Buddha used the word ‘dukkha.’ We do not have an English equivalent, so […]