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Question regarding Buddha quote

dancingdakini:

Is he referring to “emptiness”?? I’m not a Buddhist, but I just took a intro class on it. Just curious c:

Hrm, I posted a response this morning and for some weird reason it didn’t post correctly. Sigh. Trying again.

The new moon is referring to the beginning of the spiritual path and the full moon is referring to full enlightenment. Buddha Shakyamuni says he will prostrate to the new moon and not the full moon; what he means is he values the first realizations he made at the beginning of his spiritual journey, because without those first steps on the path and without those first realizations, no matter how basic or beginner-level they were, he never would have made it to full enlightenment and Buddhahood. We all have to start at the beginning, and Buddha Shakyamuni did too. This quote is meant as encouragement, particularly for beginners who feel intimidated by how far they have to go and think they can never attain enlightenment because they know they have so many delusions that they can’t imagine making enough spiritual progress to attain enlightenment. But Buddha started at the same point as the rest of us, and if he did it, so can all of us if we use his methods to get there; after all, we all have Buddha nature too.

(Reblogged from dancingdakini)

Question regarding Buddha quote

Is he referring to “emptiness”?? I’m not a Buddhist, but I just took a intro class on it. Just curious c:
Buddha’s Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day
4th June marks the anniversary of Buddha’s first teaching in this world and also the birthday of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union.
Forty-nine days after Buddha attained enlightenment, as a result of requests he rose from meditation and taught the first Wheel of Dharma. Later, Buddha taught the second and third Wheels of Dharma. It is because of the great kindness of Buddha in turning the Wheel of Dharma that the people of this world have the opportunity to follow a spiritual path to the permanent inner peace of enlightenment.To commemorate this special day, Kadampa Buddhist centers around the world hold special events with prayers for Buddha’s teachings to flourish in this world for a very long time.

Buddha’s Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day

4th June marks the anniversary of Buddha’s first teaching in this world and also the birthday of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union.

Forty-nine days after Buddha attained enlightenment, as a result of requests he rose from meditation and taught the first Wheel of Dharma. Later, Buddha taught the second and third Wheels of Dharma. It is because of the great kindness of Buddha in turning the Wheel of Dharma that the people of this world have the opportunity to follow a spiritual path to the permanent inner peace of enlightenment.

To commemorate this special day, Kadampa Buddhist centers around the world hold special events with prayers for Buddha’s teachings to flourish in this world for a very long time.

Vajrayana means, literally, ‘Vajra Vehicle.’ ‘Vajra’ refers to the non-duality of method and wisdom, and ‘Vehicle’ refers to a spiritual path. It is the quick path to enlightenment because by practicing Vajrayana we accumulate both the collection of merit and the collection of wisdom within one concentration on emptiness, and thus create simultaneously all the causes for the Form Body and the Truth Body of a Buddha. Because the collections of merit and wisdom are both accumulated within one concentration they are said to be indivisible, like a vajra. Such a practice of concentration is revealed only in the Vajrayana.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Joyful Path of Good Fortune”
If we wish to become enlightened in this very lifetime we need to enter the Vajrayana, or Tantric, path because only the Vajrayana teaches methods for attaining Buddhahood in one life. It is very rare to receive the teachings of Vajrayana; of the one thousand Buddhas of this Fortunate Aeon it is said that only three teach Vajrayana, and one of these is Buddha Shakyamuni.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Joyful Path of Good Fortune”

"With wisdom we can fulfill all our wishes."

Excerpt of a teaching given by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso at the Fall Festival in Portugal on why we need wisdom.