|The Buddha sitting in ancient Sukhothai, Thailand (Ted Richardson, Phuket Lawyer/flickr)|
|Stupas are reminders of the enlightened (R2)|
To cultivate wisdom we have to fulfill four requisites:
- associating with a noble friend(s) who explains the Buddha's message,
- listening to and studying the historical Buddha's teachings (the Dharma),
- wisely-reflecting (YM) on the Dharma we hear and study, and
- practicing calm, concentration, and insight (as meditations).
|DHARMA license plate (drba.org)|
As soon as a supremely enlightened being, a teaching-buddha, meets a person, that best kind of teacher/physician becomes aware of the person's spiritual power and ability, as cultivated in the past (mostly in previous lives): confidence (conviction), energy (effort), mindfulness (bare attention), concentration (collectedness), and wisdom (insight).
|Karma, it's everywhere we're going to be.|
|Final-nirvana (reclining) pose, accompanied by a golden sheen with symbolic feet, Burma|