What Mayan Apocalypse? Teachings From the Buddha

Xunantunich El Castillo 2011

For those panicking over the end of the world, remember this quote from the Lotus Sutra, chapter 16 (translation by Gene Reeves):

Throughout the countless eons,
I have always lived on Holy Eagle Peak
And in various other places.

When the living witness the end of an eon,
When everything is consumed in a great fire,
This land of mine remains safe and tranquil,
Always filled with human and heavenly beings.

In other words, for one who dwells in the Dharma, who dwells in wisdom and goodwill toward others, there is nothing to fear. One will always be safe, and with a peaceful mind.

Elsewhere the Buddha teaches in the Maha-Mangala Sutta (Sn 2.4 in the Pali Canon):

Respect, humility, contentment, gratitude, hearing the Dhamma on timely occasions: This is the highest protection.

There is no need to stock up on guns, food, bomb-shelters or whatever. The world will continue as it always does. Only fools will make themselves miserable.

P.S. Don’t be like this guy. 😉


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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