Today the prompt is Awakening. Kristjaan explains on this site what awakening means to our Buddhist friends.
"Bodhi in Buddhism is the understanding possessed by a Buddha regarding the nature of things. It is traditionally translated into English with the word enlightenment and literally means awakened. Bodhi is knowledge of the causal mechanism by which beings incarnate into material form and experience suffering." Carpe Diem
I'm no expert in Buddhism but I understand that the ultimate goal is enlightenment and that is described as the absence of suffering. I live in a Christian home and go to church and do all the things that Christians do (not all). None-the-less, I do appreciate Buddhism for the pure and very accessible spiritual belief that it is.
I have a saying: "the more I look at what Jesus, Buddha, Mohamed, Moses and the Indigenous spiritual leaders are saying the more convinced I am that they all went to the same high school."
For instance, this Buddhist idea of "absence of suffering" the Bible talks about "Peace that surpasses all comprehension". As for awakening, well I don't think I have to explain the parallel here.
I want to thank Carpe Diem for pointing out to me once again that there are far more similarities between people, cultures and even religions that we like to believe. If we could learn to embrace this our World would be a much better place.
I don't care who you are, we could all use a little "Bodhi!"
suffering has causes
suffering can stop
I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me
religion causes suffering
brothers and sisters
what only Love can cure
Love more fear less