What Is Rohatsu?
In Zen Buddhism, December 8 marks the morning Buddha achieved realization.
We are told that, if a man called Siddhartha Gautama could attain enlightenment, so can we. Siddhartha struggled and worked for many years and tried many types of meditation and ascetic practice before attaining enlightenment. However, he didn't have computers, Yahoo, Twitter, texting, emails, IPads, apps, television, Black Friday sales or baking cookies to take him away from his goal of attaining enlightenment. But he did give up princely weath and comfort to go into the world and learn.
I think it's harder these days to even gain a modicum of stability in one's life - but it's worth trying to achieve, for what does it all mean if one cannot be content in life and understand that there is more to life than just things and more things and newer things.
To find a solid center.
That is the goal.
If you're interested in learning more, go to this short article on BeliefNet...