Awakening

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From Paul Knitter’s Without Buddha I Could Not Be A Christian: “By the time the morning sun came over the eastern horizon, Siddhartha Gautama had become the Buddha, the Enlightened One, the Awakened One, he whose eyes had been opened. He saw, not only with his mind but with his whole being, just how the world and human existence in it worked, how everything was in a constant process of interconnected movement, how suffering is caused when humans greedily try to break the interconnections and hold on to things just for themselves, how suffering can be stopped through letting go not just of selfishness but of the very self in compassion for all sentient beings, and finally, how all human beings can realize such Awakening especially through the regular practice of meditation. (All this is a thumbnail summary of his first sermon on the Four Noble Truths.)”

Roger

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