A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

A young bird’s first flight

In life we need to start form wisdom exhibited through compassion, as this will transform our relationships with others. Allow us to look behind the masks and fog around us, to see what actually is in front of us. With wings of wisdom and compassion we can quickly soar above the trials and tribulations that are inflicted on those who walk these daily paths, we call living. In the same way a young bird learns to fly, a Buddhist learns to live a live that soars. A young bird learns to flap their wings from observing their parents. A new Buddhist learns to follow the path shown to us by the Buddha Shakyamuni, by exercising their wings of wisdom and compassion. As the young bird soon soars out of the nest, and lets its muscles react as nature intended, it fly’s a little further every time it leaves the nest, while still having it’s parents keep a watchful eye for predators. So too the maturing Buddhist begins to fly higher, losing their attachments that keep them mired in unhappiness. The wisdom passed along to us from the Buddha helping us to avoid the traps that keep us stuck in our own web of ignorance.

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