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More about Wesak

May 04, 1997 06:00 AM
by Sveinn Freyr

It is a custom in many T. S. Lodges and study groups, to give
attention to The Wesak Festival by lectures, meditation and
reverence. Therefore, I wish to present here the short text from
the Teaching of Gotama Buddha, about "Metteyya Bodhisatta - The
Coming Buddha."

"Now in those days, brethren, there shall arise in the world an
Exalted One by name Metteyya ( the Kindly One ), an Arahant, a
Fully Enlightened One, endowed with wisdom and righteousness, a
Happy One, a World-knower, the peerless Charioteer of men to be
tamed, a Teacher of the devas and mankind, an Exalted One, a
Buddha like myself.

He of his own abnormal powers shall realize and make known the
world, and the worlds of the devas, with their Maras, their
Brahmas, the host of recluses and brahmins, of devas and mankind
alike, even as I do now.

He shall proclaim the Norm, lovely in its beginning, lovely in
its middle, and lovely in the end thereof. He shall make known
the wholly perfect life of righteousness in all its purity, both
in the spirit and in the letter of it, even as I do now.

He shall lead an Order of Brethren numbering many thousands, even
as I do now lead an Order of Brethren numbering many hundreds.

-- D.N. iii. 76

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