Monday, May 9, 2011

The Greatest Precept

We all know the date selected by worshipers for Jesus' birthday. What is the date for Buddha's arrival? (your world in pictures) provides a profile of South Korean Buddhists who joyfully prepare for the Buddha's birthday. "Buddha was born approximately 2,553 years ago, and although the exact date is unknown, Buddha's official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea -- which in 2009 falls on May 2."

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. ~Buddha

The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.
~ Atisha about Buddhism