This is how ‘truth’ (whatever that is) is discovered, strengthened and put to work in the service of others! A Red Army, a Red Envelop and a Red Herring – we must learn to distinguish one from another and take the path that best expresses the highest expression of human nature!
If anyone can repair this, please contact the Temple. Upon reflection I suspect children climbing the elephants have not helped matters over the years… The left-hand elephant nobly sustained our two children!
The attitude of the Buddha exists within the sacred space of this temple in a country which otherwise advocates a brutal and uncaring socio-economic ideology and society! The Buddha would never have accepted this system as being ‘valid’ or applicable for attaining and living with a healthy mind and body!
This means that incorrect assumptions are made premised upon false, incomplete and inaccurate information. Within Chinese Buddhism, the Buddha was born around 1029/28 BCE and died around 949/48 BCE. However, in Thailand this has all been reduced by around 500-years so that the Buddha is now assumed to have been born in 545 BCE and passed away in 465 BCE.
Shanti-Deva refused to conform to the ‘strict’ Hinayana-Mahayana Path – simply because he did not have to. He had already realised enlightenment ‘here and now’ and did not require any further contrivance to do so. This is the lesson of his story.
Dear Bagchee Although I have ‘Unsubscribed’ on a number of occasions – and emailed Bagchee continuously about this issue – the emails keep on coming!