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SUNDAY REVELATIONS: A Buddhist View of Easter

“Happy Easter?”

Is this a happy day for you?

Seems to me that commemoration of suffering, even followed by surcease, can not be happy?

There is a story of the Buddha.

He was with a follower and they encountered an old, sick elephant. The old animal stepped on the follower’s foot.

The follower called out for help. The Buddha raised his right hand very high, the elephant saw the hand, closed its eyes, and died.

As the beast fell over the follower was free and wanted to thank the Buddha.

The Buddha, however, was mourning the dead elephant.


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