Being Awake, by John Snelling

Buddhism now

Genko-an's (源光庵) 'Window of Enlightenment' (悟りの窓 'Satori-no-Mado') © @KyotoDailyPhoto‘Buddha’ means ‘The Awakened One’, he who sees things as they really are, undistorted by delusion or fantasy. It’s the name we give to Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of ancient India who founded the religion of Buddhism. The following parable is attributed to him.

A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

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