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Fighting the Good Fight

buddhahood, compassion, joy, courage, strength, wisdom, enlightenment

I’ve been somewhat at a loss for “words” lately and haven’t been motivated to post to this blog. I stated that I would announce on this blog the day S & the few remaining monstrous crazy people leave. As of this writing, they are all still here. 

I’ve developed a fairly consistent daily routine that involves chanting and walking my dog Savannah in the mornings, along with housecleaning, yard work, writing and SundanceKid Press work in the afternoons. My husband comes home from work and we exercise, eat dinner, watch a little tv and get ready for the next day. Not too exciting, and other than the fact that a bunch of crazy people follow me around where ever I go, my life would be fairly quiet. 

Last night at our Buddhist discussion meeting we talked about the state of Buddhahood or enlightenment. Buddha is a Sanskrit word meaning “enlightened one. People (myself included) often perceive the attainment of Buddhahood or enlightenment as an end point or something outside oneself. Instead, enlightenment is a state of life we bring forth from within our own lives. It already exists in our life, and in Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, we chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo to bring forth this enlightened state of life. SGI President Ikeda states:

A Buddha is not a superhuman being. One who has attained this state continues to experience problems, suffering and pain, and is still subject to illness and to temptation by devilish forces. For that reason, a Buddha is a person of courage, tenacity and continuous action who struggles ceaselessly against devilish functions. 

 

Living Buddhism, July 2015 p. 55

Last night we talked about Buddhahood. What is Buddhahood? What does Buddhahood look like? For me, Buddhahood is many things – hope, courage, a great attitude, the never-give-up spirit, living an undefeated life, wisdom, compassion, strength, empowerment, joy, perseverance and so much more. Buddhahood isn’t a destination we arrive at someday, it’s a state of life that we work hard to achieve by making a continued effort. 

My life certainly isn’t devoid of pain and suffering, problems and obstacles, and neither is anyone else’s. Even on the day this nightmare ends and everyone is gone, I will still continue to fight for my own happiness and for the happiness of those around me. 

The entire universe is the stage of a colossal struggle-a struggle between constructive and destructive forces, between the energy toward order and harmony, and the turbulent currents leading to disorder and chaos, between the power of compassion that unites, and the power of hate that sunders, between life and death, light and darkness, happiness and misery, advance and retreat, rise and fall, freedom and constraint, hope and despair, the energy to nuture life and the impulse to kill. 

 

Living Buddhism, July 2015 p. 53

As they say (and I don’t know where this statement originated from), I’m here “fighting the good fight.” Or as they say in the Dominican Republic, “aquí estamos, en la lucha.”


 

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