Dear fellow practitioners,
The Buddha often uses the word 'Tathagata' when referring to himself in the suttas. This interesting word can be translated as meaning both "Thus Come" and "Thus Gone." Through the final birth and Enlightenment the Buddha had finally truly and magnificently come. Yet through his realisations there was no longer any attachment to any condition either in himself or in the world – and no identification with anything as being a 'self' or 'mine.' So the Buddha truly is both wonderful and marvellous, as well as purified and Empty. Everything he did and taught from the Enlightenment onwards was the purest expression of compassion, mindfulness and wisdom.
This talk that was given in The Lumbini Grove in Nepal – the place where the Bodhisatta Siddartha Gotama was born. Here we take a closer look at conditions that give rise to "The Maha Bodhisatta"… the being destined for Buddhahood. In recollecting the love, compassion and self-sacrifice demonstrated by this extraordinary being, we come quite naturally to feel grateful and indeed quite blessed through coming into contact with the result of the Bodhisattas awesome efforts encompassing thousands of aeons - that is to say, the liberating teachings and practices handed down to us from the Enlightened One himself.
I hope that this talk and reading given at the Holy site may be both informative and uplifting.
Ajahn Achalo Bhikkhu
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