An unexpected book arrived in the mail the other day. A gift from my friend’s at Wisdom Publications. Zen Master Raven: The Teachings of a Wise Old Bird. by Zen Master human form, Robert Aitken. Here the koans are told by and to animals of the forest: raven, porcupine, owl, woodpecker, badger, black bear, and […]
In honor of Bodhi Day, I wrote a reflection on the Seven Factors of Awakening, which are based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. You can read about these on the main Beliefnet site. I hope this contemplation on awakening helps to move you ever so slightly towards living a more awakened life.
December 8th marks Bodhi Day, a Buddhist holiday observed worldwide. It commemorates Siddartha Guatama’s accomplishment and transformation into the “Buddha.” This accomplishment is described as “enlightenment” or “awakening” and sometimes the terms are used interchangeably. As I discussed in a previous post to my column, Mindfulness Matters, about Bodhi Day 2010, these terms represent different metaphors and understandings of what happened under that fig tree approximately 2500 years ago.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Buddhism/Articles/Bodhi-Day-Celebrating-the-7-Factors-for-Awakening.aspx#S0JEseWsudtPabCK.99