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Shakyamuni Buddha or "The Awakened One of the Shakya"

After the polemic which appeared under my last image on Flickr ( www.flickr.com/photos/designldg/2342196105 ) controverting religious, philosophical and political matters concerning FREE TIBET, I hope that this one will bring peace and wisdom to those who refuted the fact there was an annexation of Tibet by the People's Republic of China in 1959...

 

This Shakyamuni Buddha is the central statue on the Altar of the Tibetan temple in Sarnath where I like to come often.

This place near Varanasi (Benaras) is full of peace, this is where the Buddha thus journeyed to Deer Park (Sarnath in Sanskrit), where he set in motion the Wheel of Dharma by delivering his first sermon to the group of five companions with whom he had previously sought enlightenment.

 

Buddhahood is defined as a state of omniscience (sarvajñä) that is freedom from the obstructions to liberation (or negative states of mind such as ignorance, hatred and desirous attachment) and the obstructions to omniscience (which are the imprints or 'stains' of delusions imagining inherent existence).

When one is freed from mental obscurations one is said to attain a state of continuous bliss mixed with a simultaneous cognition of the true nature of reality, where all limitations on one's ability to help all other living beings are removed.

This includes the attainment of omniscience - that is the removal of all obstructions to knowing all phenomena (or seeing the empty nature of each phenomenon as well as each of their relative characteristics).

From the perspective of Tibetan Buddhism, when one conceives of a particular object the mind gives rise to the appearance of that object.

In perceiving the empty nature of all phenomena as well as each of their relative characteristics, one becomes both omniscient and omnipresent.

 

Happy Holi and Happy Easter to all of you.

"FreeTibet, Free China".

 

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Taken on December 20, 2006