Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blue Moon

The Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the Sakya tribe of Nepal, in approximately 566 BC. When he was twenty nine years old, he left the comforts of his home to seek the meaning of the suffering he saw around him. After six years of arduous yogic training, he abandoned the way of self-mortification and instead sat in mindful meditation beneath a bodhi tree in Bodhgaya.

On the full moon of May, with the rising of the morning star, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, the enlightened one.

The Buddha wandered the plains of northeastern India for 45 years more, teaching the path or Dharma he had realized in that moment. Around him developed a community or Sangha of monks and, later, nuns, drawn from every tribe and caste, devoted to practicing this path. In approximately 486 BC, at the age of 80, the Buddha died.

His last words are said to be . . .
Impermanent are all created things; strive on with diligence.


:: Tonight a luminous full moon will rise in Bodhgaya.
:: It is the final night of the year, and decade.
:: We'll be doing a Medicine Buddha puja and then a robe offering ceremony in the moonlight at the Mahabodhi Stupa (both traditional full moon practices).
:: Above India will be a lunar eclipse beginning shortly after midnight.

Really, there’s nothing I can add to this, except to wish all a joyous New Year, so am stopping my finger now.