Saturday, December 19, 2009

Happy Birthday, Bodhisattva

I was just thinking about the celebration of Christmas, and the gift that Christ gave to us with his sacrifice and divine example. He not only died with his faith as his close companion, but he attained what the Tibetans call the "rainbow body" leaving nothing but a shroud to mark his place.

Most of all, he remained with us in spirit so that all who call upon him can benefit from his wish to ease our suffering and darkness.

I am so glad that at least one Bodhisattva is celebrated every year as we gather in warmth and love, and give each other gifts that symbolize the great gifts from Jesus to all of us here in our human cyclic existence on this planet.

May we truly open ourselves to his love and wisdom, and follow his example.

As the great Shantideva said,

"For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I, too, abide
To dispel the misery of the world."

3 comments:

A Word Witch said...

Lovely, Stirling. Merry Christmas!

Liz R-S said...

This give life a reason to be lived. Wonderful.

Jan Hersh said...

Yes, he made a huge mark during, and after his time. May his teachings stay pure in the dust of our confused times.