Buddhist Bodhisvatta Stages Parallel Tree of Life. Pilgrims often scale the heights. With the featured picture they are the Adirondack Mountain Club hikers atop Mt. VanHoevenberg. I was just in the Adirondack Mountains. Schroon Lake Park is in the Adirondacks on a lake. The setting inspired me to write a poem about an abandoned amphitheater. I quote my internal link.
Amphitheatre in the Woods
by David Ohrenstein
Amphitheatre in the woods
Remnants of long ago.
Concrete seats set by layers
All facing a roofed, staged show.
Now covered by pine cones and needles,
Encased by sand and dust.
Set in Schroon Lake Park:
A memento to the past, I trust.
The fun of another era
Is still tangible in the air:
Dancing the night away.
Amnesia to worry or care.
At times it imbibed the big band beat
With music under starry sky.
Cool breezes carried the tunes,
Accompanied by a buzzing fly.
A puzzle is soon put together
Of a past day and age.
The pieces form a picture
Of the ballroom dancing craze.
Will its glory ever return?
Can the cobwebs be cleared away?
Will quality entertainment now past
Return for another stay?
Buddhist Bodhisvatta offers another type of journey
Another type of journey is seeking truth. That also comes in stages. Like hiking, markers are often set along the path. Significant in this regard are the ten stages of the Buddhist Bodhisvatta. They parallel the 10 stages depicted by emanations on the Hebraic Tree of Life. This will also be the subject for future blogs. I quote my book of poetry. The poem is called Get Thee a Walking Stick. The book is entitled, The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. Oquaga Lake is in the Catskill Mountains. I worked there many summers as a piano player. In this quote the spirit offers a suggestion on how to find happiness:
“If it’s life you wish to live and enjoy it to the marrow,
Then get thee a walking stick and hear the morning sparrow.”
A bodhisattva according to Buddhism is a Buddhist who has attained enlightenment. Also, in selfless act, this person delays his or her entry to Nirvana (non-existence). This is for the sake of others. Note that the Tree of Life also has 10 emanations. A great unity is shared by nations around the world. When this is emphasized, the result is peace and plenty.
$7.99 Oquaga Lake is located up the mountain from Deposit, NY in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains just across the border to Pennsylvania. This spring-fed lake is rated one of the cleanest in New York State. At points it’s over 150 feet deep. The lake’s diameter is about a mile across. Overall, its outline resembles a bear.