Wednesday, September 16, 2009

One Person

There is one person whose birth into the world is for the welfare of the many, for the happiness of the many, for the good, the welfare and the happiness of gods and humans, out of compassion for the world. And who is that person? It is the Tathagata, the Arahat, the fully Enlightened Buddha.
There is one person whose presence is hard to encounter in the world, whose teachings is seldom heard, whose face is rarely gazed upon and whose compassion is infrequently felt. And who is that person? It is the Tathagata, the Arahat, the fully Enlightened Buddha.
There is one person whose appearance in the world is unique, unequal, incomparable, unparalleled, without counterpart, matchless, unrivaled, and who lifts up the hearts of gods and humans. And who is that person? It is the Tathagata, the Arahat, the fully Enlightened Buddha.
The passing of one person from the world is regretted by the many and causes sorrow. Even though he admonished, ‘After I has passed away, let the Dhamma be your teacher’ still his passing is regretted. Who is that person? It is the Tathagata, the Arahat, the fully Enlightened Buddha.
Adapted from the Anguttara Nikaya I,20

2 comments:

Jamie G. said...

Beautiful.

yuri said...

I wonder if we can speak about the Buddha as a person? :) "Person" is from Latin "persona" which, I think, originally was "a mask"... Strangely enough, but in deep meditation state I felt that nibbana is not a replacement of individuality with universality - it is rather a kind of dialectic unity of these two opposite states. Difficult to explain as anything pertaining to supramundane states...