Soon after his enlightenment, a man saw the Buddha walking toward him. Seeing there was something different about this person who was approaching he asked:
'Are you a god?'
The Buddah answered, 'No'.
'You're a magician then? A sorcerer? A wizard?'
'Are you some kind of celestial being? An angel perhaps?'
Again the Buddha said, 'No'.
'Well then, what are you?'
The Buddha replied, 'I am awake'.
The central idea of the Buddha's teaching is that all humans are capable of becoming enlightened, that is seeing things as they are rather than as we wish or believe them to be - it's about relying on the immediate experience of this present moment. It's not about belief, doctrine, formula, or tradition. It's about freedom of mind.
(from 'Buddhism Plain and Simple' by Steve Hagen).
And a couple of images of course :O) The first one is an photo I took this morning for The Daily Shoot.
The second is of Pepper asking the Buddah to enlighten her as to how best to defeat Charlie's devilish plans against her.
For more words beginning with B go to ABC Wednesday.