Shakyamuni Buddha Seeing the Morning Star

It is said that Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment when he saw the morning star. How is that? When Shakyamuni Buddha saw the morning star, the morning star saw Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakyamuni Buddha, the morning star, the seeing, and the seen, are not separate things–they are “far from the dust.”

Shakyamuni Buddha sees the morning star. The morning star sees the morning star. Shakyamuni Buddha sees Shakyamuni Buddha. Seeing sees seeing.

~The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing

3 thoughts on “Shakyamuni Buddha Seeing the Morning Star”

  1. Hi Jordan,

    Thanks brother…

    Yes! Poor old Lucifer (the bringer of light), that ancient symbol (often depicted in serpent form) seems to have lost most of his vitality by being reduced to a kind of cartoonish boogey-man that now does little more than frighten a few more coins into the collection plate…

    So it goes… So it goes…

    Peace,
    Ted

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