The Morning Star
For Buddhists all over the world, Sunday December 8th marks the annual celebration of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment under the bodhi tree. For our community, it also marks the end of our weeklong Rohatsu retreat during which each of us take up the Buddha’s koan of the meaning of human suffering. Through his deep resolve to sit, the Buddha endured seductive temptation, frightening taunts and attacks from Mara throughout the night, until he finally awoke when he saw the morning star in the eastern sky. What is it that he saw? This Rohatsu reflection is on living the Buddha’s enlightenment story – something we each take up intimately from our own meditation seat, meeting Mara and the morning star in this very zendo.