Bodhi Day, Rohatsu, or Waking Up

Beliefnet Buddhism contributor Britton Gildersleeve gives personal insight into Rohatsu.

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And the point to Bodhi Day?It celebrates possibility. Ours. Because a guy named Siddhartha achieved enlightenment, we know it's possible. Because he laid out some fairly simple suggestions life is transient/ desire is suffering/ compassion is the way we can live better lives. Become better people. Leave this world better for our having breathed into it.

I'm so far from anything other than tiny glimpses of possibility that I'm profoundly grateful for Bodhi Day. For the knowledge that someone else managed to get it together. That he thought some of us might be able to, as well. And Bodhi Day is like a promise to a child (at least for me): when you grow up? Things will be different. You'll make it. I promise.

Happy Bodhi Day. Happy Rohatsu, if you're in the Zen tradition. Happy Possibility.

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