THE FIRST UTTERANCE OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI

In TANTRIC POETRY by Tara Trinley Wangmo6 Comments

Deep and quiet, simple, clear, unformed.
A truth that is like nectar, I have found.
Whoever I explain it, no one will understand.
So, in the jungle, silent, I remain.

The prince Siddhartha Gautama awakened to true and complete enlightenment, in the peaceful shade of a large pipal tree on the full moon day in June. Situated in the state of Bihar in northern India, this sacred place is today known as the Vajra Throne of Bodh Gaya. The tree which grows in its place is said to be the grand-child of the original, dating back 2.500 years. As the very first after full awakening, the Buddha is famed in all traditions, to have uttered these four lines, which express the very essence of realization.
After seven weeks had passed, the Buddha was requested by Indra and Brahma who presented him with a clockwise-coiled white conch and a thousand-spoked golden wheel, to turn the Dharmachakra, the unceasing wheel of truth, so that each and every being may be liberated from ignorance.

Lyrics & vocals: Erik Pema Kunsang
Music & vocals: Tara Trinley Wangmo
Piano and production: Niels Erichsen

Painting by Abanindranath Tagore, or candidly known as Aban Thakur, was the principal artist and creator of Indian Society of Oriental Arts. He was the first major voice of Swadeshi values in Indian art, thus starting the Bengal School of Art movement, which led to the rise of modern Indian painting

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Tara Trinley Wangmo

Tara Trinley Wangmo

Art of Life artist & promoter of all living beings’ right to freedom and enlightenment. Founder of LEVEKUNST.com. Other LEVEKUNST articles by the same author.

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  1. “Deep and quite . . . So, in the jungle, silent, I remain. ” The Buddha.
    And then in his solitude and meditation in a jungle, after his enlightenment, as is said, after seven weeks, he sensing need to communicate are understood.
    There are 2 things in all this that –
    1. The story associated with it of Indra and Brahma that, they came to the Buddha, presented him something & urged to share dhamma or turn Dhamma chakra etc, is apperantly a thought produced rubbish & interpolation.
    2. A man of insight into bodhi, or he having got to any insights & depths into life as a whole in the fire of bodhi, quite sees that by nature it is not possible to share or awaken bodhi into anybody by another person (even when he is enlightened like the Buddha). And this is the beauty of it that, it is absolutely fresh for anybody when he understands it & lives it. Well, matters of thought & desire, time & becoming, the known & freedom from the known, and observation of what is, these could be shared when a listener is open & serious to listen & look. This is clearing ground so that the awakening of bodhi happens on its own.
    So a man of insight or Buddha comes to share wisdom not because some gods or goddesses tell him to do so, but he does it out of understanding of sorrow and feel of compassion to end it.

  2. So beautiful poetry. Singing with You. Thank you for this wonderful 1. June, summer gift

  3. Hello Tara,
    I am curious about the source of this quote “Deep and quiet …”.
    I have heard a few teachers repeating it, but I could never locate the original text.
    Sutra? Jatakas?

    thanks for any help

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