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Dec. 21, 2021

Everyday Buddhism 65 - Winter Solstice, Bodhi Day, and the Light of the Buddha's Promise

Everyday Buddhism 65 - Winter Solstice, Bodhi Day, and the Light of the Buddha's Promise

Kindling the Inner Light of Wisdom


In this episode, we celebrate the Winter Solstice, Bodhi Day, and the light of the Buddha's Promise, meaning our enlightenment, too.

The message of the December darkness is a messenger of our own enlightenment. As Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote, "having discovered for himself the perfect peace of liberation, he kindles for us the light of knowledge, which reveals both the truths that we must see for ourselves and the path of practice that culminates in this liberating vision."

We don't chase the darkness away through external ritual or stringing lights, but by looking inside to find our own light.