​Footprints lead to the shore of the sea!
​Beyond that point,
​No trace remains.
-RUMI

 

he did not want us to make any images of him

he did not want us to deify him

he invited us to look inward for answers and not form a religion

he didn’t want us to believe any doctrine that wasn’t vetted through our own experience of practice

he refused to talk about what happens or not in an after life

he did not want us to write down his words and encode any doctrine

he wanted us to make time for practice

he wanted us to live simply

he wanted us to be mindful about harming other beings

I will no longer post pictures of teachers all day as a method of virtue signaling

I will not try to garnish Likes and self worth though parroting endless dharma quotes
(they are saturated and tedious by the way)

I will not hide and cover my stain in my red and white faux ngakpa robe that I haven’t passed chandali’s heat test to wear

as of today I vow to follow his heart suggestions

and recommit to what it really means to be a Buddhist

without outer guru worship

be able to question and discuss personal experience, even if contradictory- without retribution

be able to see who uses the dharma to exalt themselves at the expense of the vulnerable and broken seekers, forging slaves

to leave those who have no
real warmth of bodhicitta

kindness is my religion

inner gnosis is my path

diamond clear seeing that can cut is my dharma

those that care for others and would never, ever harm without regret are my sangha

dear One
who was so very brave to face himself completely

this morning, I vow again, to follow in your footsteps

may I be worthy

to for once now
really listen and follow your
inner light path

 

As an object of devotion, the Buddhapada stone developed in India, certainly by the 1st century B.C.E., when it was normal to represent the Buddha aniconically, a practice observed at the great stupa railings of Bharhut and Sanchi, which feature numerous lesser figures. Before images of the Buddha appeared, various aniconic symbols were used in India, such as the Turban, the Bo-Tree, the Dharmachakra and the Buddhapada. This distinct vocabulary was universally understood by Buddhists.

 

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Images of the Buddhas Footprints- Early followers were not permitted to make any images of him, so he was represented aniconically, thanks to:
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