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Teaching on the Twelve Deeds of the Buddha
Teacher: His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche,
Venue: Online Teaching,
Year: 2020

His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, delivered this series of teachings in the Tibetan language via videos during the sacred occasion of Saga Dawa in 2020, commemorating the life of Buddha Shakyamuni: his birth, enlightenment, and parinirvāṇa.

Buddha Śākyamuni is a historical figure, not a character from a fairy tale or myth. One of the key principles of Buddhism is the idea that each individual has the power to attain enlightenment—we are, in essence, our own masters. In simple terms, this means that buddhahood cannot be granted to us; the Buddha himself demonstrated the path to awakening, but ultimate realization is a personal journey that cannot be bestowed by any external authority, not even by the Buddha.

Now, the question arises: Is buddhahood achievable for us? Buddha Śākyamuni, the then Prince Siddhārtha, living a lavish lifestyle, sought a solution to end suffering and ultimately found the path to ultimate happiness. He has proven that buddhahood is indeed possible for all of us.

Throughout his life, the Buddha performed many significant deeds, twelve of which are highlighted in Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This text explores these deeds and their relevance to contemporary life, inviting readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. Enjoy the reading experience, accompanied by beautifully crafted illustrations, and may it inspire each and every one of you on your path to inner peace and fulfillment.

Source: This teaching was obtained from His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin.

Have you ever pondered how it's possible to achieve buddhahood, despite knowing that we all possess buddha nature?

Fortunately, Buddha Śākyamuni, a historical figure, illuminates the path to enlightenment. His entire life story, particularly the twelve great deeds, sheds light on life's struggles and the pursuit of profound awakening.

The Buddha’s story demonstrates to us that transcendence from ordinary existence to buddhahood is indeed possible. Even for those who may not be considering the pursuit of enlightenment yet, each of these deeds offers invaluable insights into the human experience, revealing that his wisdom is not only applicable to spiritual pursuit but also greatly beneficial to mundane life.

May you find inspiration and strength through reading this timeless story, and may it propel you towards a journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth.