• Jeaunice Tribue Burnette posted an update 4 months, 1 week ago

    I have just finished watching the Bodhi retreat talk by Dharmavidya, that he did in 2017. I was simply blown away by Dharmavidya’s explanation of Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment. That ultimately Buddha awakened to buddhahood through Other power. Buddha received blessings from above and below, which is beautifully shown in a statue of Buddha with one hand palm up in his lap and the other touching the Earth. What I got most out of this talk is that I’ve been trying to imitate the process of Buddha Shakyamuni to reach enlightenment. I didn’t realize I was still doing self power, until I thought about how I tried to perfect myself with meditation over the years. I had even, through deluded mind, been doing this with nembutsu. In the past I was afraid to simply rely upon Amida Buddha. I hadn’t owned up to my bombu nature. Through Dharmavidya’s talk I realize that, I am not trying to work toward enlightenment when I recite the nembutsu. I am simply expressing gratitude for Amida Buddha’s love and compassion-and that my rebirth in the Pure land is assured. I was once a perfectionist, but now I see that I am a foolish being. I embrace that wholeheartedly.

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