This week concludes the Avatamsaka Sutra study and practice retreat at the CTTB. It's been in progress for two months and winds up the 18th of August. In the portion of the sutra we're studying, the pilgrim Sudhana becomes a Buddha in one lifetime. The text describes his experience of awakening in great detail. It's so satisfying to read sacred literature that delivers a happy story without qualification. Sudhana gets all the way home to wisdom and he's so happy that he jumps for joy.
Maitreya Bodhisattva ushers him into the state of Awakening, and guess what? Maitreya in this sutra is NOT the fat, happy Buddha that people associate with that name. He is majestic, tall, slender, regal, infinitely kind, you know, just the way you thought future Buddhas would be.
Click here to see how Maitreya might have looked to Sudhana