|The Buddha standing under a harvest Moon, Thailand (HappySUN/flickr.com)|
|Shakyan/Scythian "Men With Dragons" (nagas) Saka/Sakka royal gold artifacts (wiki)|Jhana-bhavana levitation (Ruwan_W/flickr)
|Golden Buddha under temple tree, New Year's fest Chiang Mai, Thailand (arztsamui/flickr)|
However, when he noticed the waves on reaching the middle of the river, his ecstasy (jhana, meditative absorption) subsided, and as a result his feet began to sink. But as soon as he again focused his mind on the qualities of the Buddha, his feet levitated enabling him to continue walking joyously over the water.
|Maha Leap, Kampong Cham (BokehCambodia)|
- Kassapa Buddha was the buddha (a supremely enlightened teacher) immediately preceding the historical Gautama Buddha (Shakyamuni) in the lineage of buddhas. See The Story of the Lineage by Rhys Davids.
Famished, the barber killed some birds, cooked them, and offered a share of his animal meal to his friend the Buddha's noble disciple.
"No, thank you," the noble disciple answered, "I'm fine." Then he thought to himself: "In this isolated place, there is no help for us except the Triple Gem [going for guidance to the "Three Guides," Tisarana]."
|Naga "sea serpent" reptilian (Daklub/flickr)|
The helmsman, who was a spirit of the sea, stood on the deck and cried, "Any passengers for India?"
|Golden Triangle Buddha looks upon a dragon-bird ship, naga boat (Wisdom Quarterly)|
"Yes," the Buddha's lay disciple answered, "that's where we are bound!"
"Then come on board," the sea spirit cried out.
The layman climbed aboard the beautiful ship and turned to call his friend the barber.
"You may come," the sea spirit said, "but he may not."
"Why not?" the disciple asked.
|His bad karma may sink the ship (AP).|
"In that case," the layman announced, "all the gifts I have given, all the virtues I have practiced, all the powers I have developed -- I give the fruit of all of them to him!"
"Thank you, master!" cried the barber.
"Very well," said the sea spirit, "now I can take you both aboard."
The ship carried the two men over the sea and up the Ganges river. After depositing them safely at their home in Varanasi, the sea spirit used his magic power to create enormous wealth for both of them.
Then, poising himself in mid-air, he instructed the men and their friends, "Keep company with the wise and good," he said.
"If this barber had not been in company with this pious layman, he would have perished in the middle of the ocean." Finally, the sea spirit returned to his own abode, taking the naga king with him.
- To say that the Buddha "taught the Dharma" is to say he gave a gradual instruction.
|O, savakas! There is giving, the results of giving; there is craving, grasping, clinging, the results of craving, grasping, clinging. There is letting go and the benefits of letting go...|
|Buddha cartoon, Kapilavastu (video still)|
- disappointment (dukkha),
- its cause (samudaya, origin),
- its cessation (nirodha),
- and the Path (magga)."
- What are the Four Ennobling Truths that make one a noble or "enlightened" being?
- Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC)