Life of Buddha – Attaining Enlightenment


He seated himself below the Bodhi Tree in the meditation posture and swore not to increase from meditation till he had actually achieved ideal knowledge.

A Suitable Place for Meditation

Siddhartha then made his method to a location near Bodh Gaya in India, where he discovered an appropriate website for meditation. There he stayed, stressing a meditation called “space-like concentration on the Dharmakaya” in which he focused single-pointedly on the supreme nature of all phenomena. After training in this meditation for 6 years he understood that he was extremely near achieving complete knowledge, therefore he strolled to Bodh Gaya where, on the moon day of the 4th month of the lunar calendar, he seated himself below the Bodhi Tree in the meditation posture and swore not to increase from meditation till he had actually achieved ideal knowledge. With this decision he got in the space-like concentration on the Dharmakaya.

Conquering all Distractions

As sunset fell, Devaputra Mara, the chief of all the satanic forces, or maras, in this world, attempted to interrupt Siddhartha’s concentration by summoning numerous afraid phantoms. He manifested hosts of scary satanic forces, some tossing spears, some shooting arrows, some attempting to burn him with fire, and some tossing stones and even mountains at him. Through the force of his concentration, the mountains, rocks, and weapons appeared to him as a rain of aromatic flowers, and latest thing fires ended up being like offerings of rainbow lights.

With this concentration he eliminated the last veils of lack of knowledge from his mind and in the next minute ended up being a Buddha, a totally informed being.

Seeing that Siddhartha might not be scared into deserting his meditation, Devaputra Mara attempted rather to sidetrack him by manifesting many gorgeous ladies, however Siddhartha reacted by establishing even much deeper concentration. In in this manner he thrived over all the satanic forces of this world, which is why he consequently ended up being referred to as a “Conqueror Buddha.”

Attaining Enlightenment

Siddhartha then continued with his meditation till dawn, when he achieved the varja-like concentration. With this concentration, which is the extremely last mind of a minimal being, he eliminated the last veils of lack of knowledge from his mind and in the next minute ended up being a Buddha, a totally informed being.

Excerpts about the life of Buddha are drawn from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book, Introduction to Buddhism

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