A Reflection On The Buddha

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Likewise: “When the Buddha was about to pass away, Ananda and many other disciples wept. The Buddha said ‘Enough Ananda. Do not allow yourself to be troubled. Do not weep. Have I not already told you that it is in the very nature of things that they must pass away? We must be separated from all that is near and dear to us.’ The Buddha continued again: ‘I am not the first Buddha to come upon earth: nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in this world, a Holy one, a Supremely Enlightened One, endowed with wisdom, in conduct auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of devas and men (angels and mortals). He will reveal to you the same Eternal Truths which I have taught you. He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and pure; such as I now proclaim…” - Maha-Parinibbana Sutta (Last Days of the Buddha)http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.16.1-6.vaji.html Guiding Factors Back in the day, in archaeology seminars, we would debate whether culture advanced by means of “technological determinism” or “social determinism”. In other words we examined which was the cause of human advancement. Did tools shape our bodies, vision, and our future? Or was it the evolution of society that was the primary causal factor? I would tease then, and maintain now, that if one could just look with objectivity a few years ahead of each advance, one would find the Dawn of a new Day, in an unfolding chain of spiritual, social and
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