ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE BUDDHA Written & sung by Andrew. J. Williams Produced & performed by Andrew. J. Williams & Roger. J. McLachlan Recorded by Roger. J. McLachlan at Low Note Production Studios Female vocals by My Hong Pham
01 Enlightenment (Buddha)
02 The Senses (Williams/McLachlan)
03 What is the Meaning of Life? (Williams/McLachlan)
04 The Four Signs (Williams)
05 What is the Meaning of Life? Reprise (Williams/McLachlan)
06 Farewell (Williams)
07 The Middle Path (Williams)
08 Sujata’s Song (Williams)
09 The Struggle (Williams)
10 The Enlightenment/The Teaching (Williams)
11 The Senses Reprise (Williams/McLachlan)
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1: ENLIGHTENMENT (Buddha) Do no evil, do only good, train your mind. This is the teaching of the Buddha. This is the path to enlightenment.
2: THE SENSES ( A J Williams/R J McLachlan ) In everything we do we want pleasure In what we see In what we hear In what we smell In what we taste In what we touch In what we think We think this is happiness.
3: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? (A J Williams/R J McLachlan ) What does this all mean What is beyond these palace walls There must be more to life Something seems to be missing I feel I am not free I feel I am trapped here It seems things are not what they appear to be Why am I not satisfied? I must see for myself What is beyond these palace walls I must see for myself What is the meaning of life
4. THE FOUR SIGNS ( A J Williams ) This is old age As time passes We all get older Everyone This is sickness It can happen at anytime No one can stop it It can happen to anyone This is death The end of life Everyone will die one day You, me, everyone This is the Holy Way A simple life, free from worldly desire Seeking the meaning of life For the good of everyone
5: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? REPRISE ( A J Williams/R J McLachlan ) We all grow old, get sick and die There must be an end to all this suffering What is the point of living if we must die I must find out the reason why Ah! But that holy man So calm, so at peace He is one who has renounced the world Living so naturally, in harmony Seeking the answer, to the meaning of life I must know for myself, what is the meaning of life.
6: FAREWELL ( A J Williams ) My dear Yosadhara, the time has come for me to leave you and our son I am to assume a more important and responsible role at once. My love and compassion for those who suffer is of greater concern and for the good of all. Since both of you have everything in abundance,I leave you now. Farewell, Farewell, Farewell my love, Farewell. Farewell, Farewell, for the good of all, Farewell. My dear friend Channa, the time has come for me to say goodbye to you. Take these clothes, ornaments, my hair and my sword back to the Palace with you. Give them to my father and tell him I have put on an ascetics robe. From now on, all my effort and time will be used to attain enlightenment. Farewell, Farewell, Farewell royal crown, Farewell. I will not look back until I have achieved my noble aim. Tell my wife and my mother that I am in good health and I am well. There is no need to search for me,at the appropriate time I shall return. Farewell, Farewell, Farewell my friend, Farewell. Farewell, Farewell, for the good of all, Farewell
7: THE MIDDLE PATH ( A J Williams ) (Ascetic) Look, isn't that Prince Siddhartha. He must have left the palace as predicted.We should join him. We can attend to all his needs, until he realizes the supreme truth.
I am concerned for Siddhartha. Six years have gone by. He has eaten very little and look at his body.If he goes on like this, he will surely die.
(Siddhartha) What is this? I just saw the shining pebbles In the clear water and now I don't. Ah yes, now I see the shining pebbles Perhaps if I don't exert myself too much, I will discover the truth. Not too tight, not too loose, not too much, not too little. Walk the middle path
(Cowherd) Sir, this is very strange I bring my cattle to cross this river almost everyday. I have no problems in getting them across. But today they refuse to cross. They look at you in great wonder. Sir, who are you? Where do you come from?
(Siddhartha) Young man, I am a seeker of the truth An ascetic, I come from afar I shall meditate here under this tree Please say nothing about me, no one should know that I'm living here.
(Cowherd) As you wish sir, but please accept my offering of milk for your sustenance.
(Ascetic) Hmm, for nearly six years Siddhartha has been performing austerities without being able to attain the truth. And now, he has resumed begging for food. I am confused. Master, what is the meaning of this? Have you given up the struggle? What are you eating?
(Siddhartha) My friends, we must now avoid all extremes and practice the middle path Not too tight, not too loose, not too much, not too little. Walk the middle path
8: SUJATA'S SONG (A J Williams) Venerable sir, my name is Sujata. I am the village chief's daughter Venerable sir, as a young girl I made a vow, that I would make offerings Here at this tree, if I got a husband of equal status and if our children grow up to be well My wish has been fulfilled Please accept this offering of rice milk And may you be successful In fulfilling your wishes, as I have been.
9: THE STRUGGLE ( A J Williams ) (Siddhartha) If I am to succeed in becoming a Buddha today, let this bowl float upstream. But if not, let it float downstream.
(Mara ) Good sir, what do you hope to achieve? With all this effort and striving, what is it that you need? You are a Royal Prince, return to your palace, lead a life of luxury
(Siddhartha) I will not leave this place, until I have attained the highest wisdom that leads to ever lasting happiness
(Mara) Ha Ha Ha so be it, you foolish one. My charming daughters, I have a simple task for you, seduce that man
(Mara's daughters) Feel it, get up, get up, come on, oh my oh my lordy, get up on your feet, get up on your feet, get up, get up, come on
(Mara) Oh my daughters, you are fools, you have failed me, off with you
Now I summon up the winds of chaos Rise all you forces of darkness Strike him with bolts of fire and destroy this fool
Even my storms of darkness can not drive him from his seat, I have lost, I am defeated
10: THE ENLIGHTENMENT / THE TEACHING (A J Williams)
THE ENLIGHTENMENT The darkness of ignorance has been dispelled and the light of knowledge has arisen. I have finally realized the truth, I have attained supreme enlightenment. I am the Buddha.
THE TEACHING Listen friends, I have found the way to overcome old age, sickness and death. Let me teach you, and if you listen, learn and practice as I tell you, very soon you will know for yourselves, that what I say is true. All phenomena are dependent on conditions, cause and effect. Ignorance is the root of all evil and the cause of all suffering. When it is replaced with wisdom, one realises Nirvana. Avoid all extremes, practice the middle path. The noble eight fold path, which consists of perfect understanding, perfect thought, perfect speech, perfect action, perfect livelihood, perfect effort, perfect mindfulness, perfect concentration. Do no evil, do only good, train your mind, the teaching of the Buddha is the path to enlightenment. For the benefit of all, teach the Dharma, which is excellent in the beginning, in the middle and the end.
11: THE SENSES REPRISE (A J Williams/ R J McLachlan)
There are seven basic steps:
1. Start out with three or seven long in-&-out breaths, thinking bud- with the in-breath, and dho with the out. Keep the meditation syllable as long as the breath.
2. Be clearly aware of each in-&-out breath.
3. Observe the breath as it goes in & out, noticing whether it's comfortable or uncomfortable, broad or narrow, obstructed or free-flowing, fast or slow, short or long, warm or cool. If the breath doesn't feel comfortable, change it until it does. For instance, if breathing in long & out long is uncomfortable, try breathing in short & out short. As soon as you find that your breathing feels comfortable, let this comfortable breath sensation spread to the different parts of the body.
Unshakable deliverance of the mind is the highest goal in the Buddha's doctrine. Here, deliverance means: the freeing of the mind from all limitations, fetters, and bonds that tie it to the Wheel of Suffering, to the Circle of Rebirth. It means: the cleansing of the mind of all defilements that mar its purity; the removing of all obstacles that bar its progress from the mundane(lokiya) to the supramundane consciousness (lokuttara-citta), that is, to Arahatship.
The people are members of the Sangha of the Rio Grande Valley, a band of diverse people who meet, not always regularly, to meditate and discuss Eastern thought.
Their common thread is Zen meditation and the pursuit of mindfulness. Mindfulness, the shift of focus to the present, is the path to a more peaceful living, members of the group say.
I am quite pleased to follow Rev. Thich Tam Tue after his beautiful lecture last Sunday on Amitabha Buddha. It seems so odd that Pure Land and Zen should be reconciled, since their philosophic basis and their view on life vary so much. But in China, Korea and Vietnam, these two schools did come to form a syncretic, holistic view of Buddhism. And this is the topic that I have chosen to speak on today.
All those who have come to practice Vipassana Meditation want to gain Insight very quickly. Those who have not experienced any Insight yet would like to gain Insight very quickly. Those who have experienced some Insights would like to gain further Insights very quickly. Everyone wants to gain Insights very quickly. To reach these goals, one must first listen very attentively and closely to the "Basic Exercises on Vipassana Meditation" so that one will remember each and every word of the instruction thoroughly when you practice. One must read and study them diligently. Only then will one be able to reach the goal.
I would like to say a few words in introduction about the practice of meditation. Many people throughout the world, in the West as well as the East, are very interested in meditating. They are attracted to this practice and express great interest in it. Yet, of all the many people who engage in meditation, only a few really understand its purpose.
“Mindfulness practice is simple and completely feasible. Just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount.”
In my last column I discussed why mindfulness is essential to spiritual practice, for no matter what spiritual tradition we follow, we must have a mind that is able to stay in the present moment if our understanding and experience is to deepen. Now I would like to talk about some aspects of the actual mindfulness practice.
An ancient maxim found in the Dhammapada sums up the practice of the Buddha's teaching in three simple guidelines to training: to abstain from all evil, to cultivate good, and to purify one's mind. These three principles form a graded sequence of steps progressing from the outward and preparatory to the inward and essential . Each step leads naturally into the one that follows it, and the culmination of the three in purification of mind makes it plain that the heart of Buddhist practice is to be found here.
In general terms, Right Concentration means establishing the mind rightly. On one level, this can apply to all the factors of the path. You have to start out by setting the mind on Right View. In other words, you use your discernment to gather together all the Dhamma you've heard. Then when you set the mind on Right Resolve, that's also a way of establishing it rightly.
For the beginning meditator I believe it would be helpful to establish an order in the various steps taken in meditation. First, then, it would be wise to establish a place of quiet to which one may retire daily and not be interrupted in his endeavors. Then wash carefully face, hands and feet. Better yet, if time permits, take a cleansing shower and put on loose, comfortable clothes.
Nguyện đem công đức này, trang nghiêm Phật Tịnh Độ, trên đền bốn ơn nặng, dưới cứu khổ ba đường, nếu có người thấy nghe, đều phát lòng Bồ Đề, hết một báo thân này, sinh qua cõi Cực Lạc.
May the Merit and virtue,accrued from this work, adorn the Buddhas pureland, Repay the four great kindnesses above, andrelieve the suffering of those on the three paths below, may those who see or hear of these efforts generates Bodhi Mind, spend their lives devoted to the Buddha Dharma, the Land of Ultimate Bliss.