It often seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind—blown here and there by external circumstances. If we practice meditation eventually we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Today is Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, a holiday where Kadampa Buddhists engage in the purification practice called Nyungne. Nyungne is a special fasting and purification practice in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion, and bodhichitta.
April 15th is celebrated as Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. On the full moon of the 4th month, 2,600 years ago, at Bodh Gaya, India in 589 BC., Buddha Shakyamuni showed the example of transcending ordinary reality and the possibility of going beyond suffering. Over the next 50 years he taught 84,000 teachings so that we could do the same.
Every living being has the potential to become a Buddha. Buddha attained enlightenment with the compassionate wish to benefit all living beings and lead them to pure lasting happiness. May we all rejoice in Buddhas compassionate example and continuously use our life to improve our kind heart!