This is December 8, the day Siddhatta Gotama became buddha (awakened) about
twenty five centuries ago, and the Awakened Way started. It was six years after he
renounced his household life. He had tried many methods and eventually settled
in meditation practice under two distinguished masters.
He found the right way to stop karmas (present and past - physical, verbal, and
mental), as he recognized that all beings are karma heirs, relatives, and machines.
He attained awakening by reaching nirvana (free of all karmas) and constantly
practiced meditation until his pari-nirvana (complete nirvana).
The scriptures say that all seven past buddhas attained awakening to the Twelvefold
Dependent Origination. This illustrates the dependent origination of consciousness,
samsara, and suffering, caused by karmas, driven by nescience and craving (two
roots) in three steps (delusion-action-suffering).
All living beings are driving bhava-cakkhas (becoming wheels) driven by karmas,
becoming beastly beings, hungry ghosts, fighting devils, hell beings, and celestial
beings in constant flow (samsara), always in suffering (duk-kha, wrong-
going, going against grain or wishes through birth, sickness, aging, death, etc.).
Nescience (a-vijjhā/a-vidyā - non-witnessing) of the above truth or existential three
marks of impermanence (systemic synergy), suffering, and selflessness. It is created
by appropriating and identifying the five aggregates (form/feeling/idea/formation/
consciousness) as ”self” (soul, spirit, etc.) .
Animals (dōbutsu, moving things) sense motions, bodies, the world, then ”my”
body, the outside world, I, etc. When we sit still, especially in constant cultivation,
the sense of in/out, self/other, etc. disappear and the unity of all manifests,
through cessation of conceptions, emotions, and volitions.
Unity of all in time and space (or infinite interrelations of life in dependent
origination) manifests and is witnessed, beyond intellectual understanding of the
interdependent origination of all (air, water, food, vegetation, the sun, stars, genes,
languages, etc.), which is the awakening from delusions.
Cultivation in sitting still and serene verifies unsurpassed awakening in the truth of
dynamic dependent origination, substanceless, selfless nature of all phenomena and
unconditioned peace unmoved state by conceptions, emotions, volitions, and tastes
the joy of amrita (ambrosia, immortality).
The triple poisons of delusion, desire, and divisiveness dissolve in the triple learning
of śīla (morality), samādhi (concentration), and prajñā, pro-gnosis (insight).
The Six Ways of hell beings, etc. are replaced by the Six Pāramitās (Perfections)
of giving, morality, patience, striving, meditation, and prognosis (insight).
Buddhist principles and practices provide fundamental solutions by the resourceful
“mental orientation from the very source” (yoniso manasikāra) with their
applications for our human problems, such as crimes, wars, pollutions, global
warming, mass extinction, disasters, destructions, etc..
The Buddha said that religion is cultivation. Without cultivation and verification of
nirvana and bodhi (awakening), we can not solve our problems from the source,
and the world will be destroyed by small, sinful (separated), sick, selfishness. We
must ourselves “come and see” nirvana and bodhi.
Note: Please see and study the new interpretation of the Twelvefold Dependent
Origination, the four meditation stages, etc.on our website, and cultivate and verify
limitless life, light, liberation, and love.