Monday, November 22, 2010

Buddho Abhayam Deseti

Buddho Abhayam Deseti, this means Buddha Teaches Fearlessness in Pali. I used this in my Facebook account to remind myself that the Buddha is a fearless warrior who dare to enter into uncomfortable situation and discovered the truth.

It is not always easy for me to face my emotion as it does get very uncomfortable and hurtful.

Recently over small talk cum discussion with friends I came to the awareness that it may not be easy for us to face our negative thoughts and emotion. It is perfectly normal since all sentential beings want happiness and do not want suffering.

This brings to mind a story from the Buddha's life story, it goes that the soon to be Buddha was face with Mara's fearful army and tempting daughters but the Bodhisattva remain fearless and just observed and was aware of what was going on. He finally defeated Mara and became the Buddha.

Another life story came to mind on how we could do to face negative emotion. It goes that Buddha uses compassion to subdue Nalagiri the elephant (http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/pbs2_unit06.htm).

So my point is that when faced with strong emotion, we can take a leaf from the Buddha's experience by being aware, to note and use compassion.

Here is a link to a Youtube video on the night before the Buddha enlightenment which I find very inspirational (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTbVVbDpGzM&feature=related).

3 comments:

  1. That's an inspiring bit from the little buddha. "So my point is that when faced with strong emotion, we can take a leaf from the Buddha's experience by being aware, to note and use compassion."
    Armed with awareness and compassion, we can also brave the risk of emotional aggression from others as we try to help them. Understanding that their minds are turmoiled by negative emotions too.)

    Blessed awareness to you my friend.
    Sadhu

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  2. Yes my friend, it is with compassion and awareness that we see the truth within ourselves.

    I would like to add that while dealing with others with strong emotion, we also need skillful means, patience and understanding of the affliction affecting that person.

    It may be that even with the best of intention, action at the wrong timing can create more harm than good.

    So when to remain silent and when to talk is important too :)

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  3. and thats where our mental cultivation can kick in. a very potent skill indeed.)

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