August 03, 2009

Clark Strand on calling the the Earth to witness

Or was the Earth calling the Buddha to witness?:

A legend about the Buddha's enlightenment has profound implications for Green Meditation. According to tradition, on the night of Shakyamuni's awakening, as he sat in deep meditation under the bodhi tree, the tempter Mara assailed him with numerous threats and distractions, including vast armies of demons and seductive dancing girls. When these failed to unseat the aspiring Buddha, as a last ditch effort Mara challenged his right to sit upon "the throne of enlightenment."

"Who bears witness to your attainment of Buddhahood?" demanded Mara.

In answer, Shakyamuni is said to have reached the fingers of his right hand down to touch the ground. "I call the Earth as my witness," he declared.

Read the whole thing here. It goes into revealed and concealed truths of religions. Strand's project these days seems to be peeling back the layers of religion and finding whatever it is underneath—the Earth.

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Vu Nguyen's picture

Your appreciation, admiration, thoughts and confirmation of nature essences are very pleasant and wonderful. Religion is more about social, moral, ethics, civics, and way of life. Spirituality is all of that (and much more) without the label, classification, divisiveness, closed thoughts or limits, and potential negative/destructive/harmful/violence/malicious/abusive thoughts, interpretations, or manipulations. Spirituality is about wisdom, compassion, transformation, peacefulness, honesty, unconditioned love, truthfulness, faithfulness, consciousness, escaping illusion, overcoming delusion, insight, nature interdependence/interconnection/interrelation, and liberation. Spirituality is love, caring, kindness, goodwill, peacefulness, wisdom, compassion, truth, and faith in motion and action. Spirituality is about transformation of heart, mind, senses, and conscience. Spirituality is about evolution of consciousness and spirit. Spirituality is being part of nature (physical or metaphysical) or attaining transcendent or achieving oneness or wholeness, in other words, truly knowing or understanding oneself, meanings of life, and nature. Buddha guidance and teaching are all about spirituality and not religion.

Vu Nguyen's picture

Your appreciation, admiration, thoughts and confirmation of nature are very pleasant and wonderful. Religion is more about social, moral, ethics, civics, and way of life. Spirituality is all of that (and much more) without the label, classification, divisiveness, closed thoughts or limits, and negative/destructive/harmful/violence/malicious/abusive thoughts or interpretations. Spirituality is about wisdom, compassion, transformation, peacefulness, honesty, unconditioned love, truthfulness, and faithfulness. Spirituality is about being part of nature (physical or metaphysical) or attaining transcendent or achieving oneness or wholeness, in other words, truly knowing or understanding oneself, meanings of life, and nature. Spirituality is about love, caring, kindness, goodwill, peacefulness, wisdom, compassion, truth, and faith in motion and action. The Buddha guidance and teaching are all about spirituality and not religion.