Monday, March 30, 2009

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Becoming Real Buddhas

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

March 30, 2009


The person who has already experienced the cessation of suff ering is the Buddha. The Sanskrit word buddha is translated into Tibetan as sanggye. Sang means "awake," and gye means "expansion," or "blossoming." The word sang is related with awakening from the sleep of pain; and within the pain, suff ering, and unawareness, gye is like a blossoming flower....What we are trying to do is to become sanggye. We are trying to blossom. We're trying to be wakeful. That is precisely what we are doing. Quite possibly we have a glimpse of sanggye happening endlessly. Although we may think that we are fooling ourselves -- and sometimes we are fooling ourselves --that element of wakefulness takes place constantly. According to the third noble truth, cessation is possible. On the path of the four noble truths we are trying to become buddhas, real buddhas, real sanggyes.

From "Awakening and Blossoming," in THE TRUTH OF SUFFERING: and the Path of Liberation. Order your copy at:

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