As can be seen, I didn’t read this much. It looks like the usual set of
clichés about the new religion. These notes are from October 2016.
The Buddha is said to have given a silent sermon once during which he held up a
flower and gazed at it. After a while, one of those present, a monk called
Mahakasyapa, began to smile. He is said to have been the only one who had
understood the sermon. According to legend, that smile (that is to say,
realization) was handed down by twenty eight successive masters and much later
became the origin of Zen.
Ramana Maharshi, one of the greatest Indian sages, bluntly states: The mind is
In Hindu teachings (and sometimes in Buddhism also), this transformation is
called enlightenment. In the teachings of Jesus, it is salvation, and in
Buddhism, it is the end of suffering.
Throughout history, there have always been rare individuals who experienced a
shift in consciousness and so realized within themselves that toward which all