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by Tathālokā Therī




This painting of Sanghamitta and the Bodhi tree's journey is from the Bellanwila Raja Maha Vihara in Sri Lanka, courtesy of the thai-sanscript blog post "Ashoka's first queen" (right side of the painting)


✨ 🌗 ✨ (now) ✨ Pilgrimage of the heart ~

Following Sanghamittā's Journey,

Today is the half moon, 🌗 ✨ 


~ the Atthāmī Uposatha ~


the day the great entourage

with Emperor Ashoka,

the eighteen skilled families,

Sanghamitta Theri and Bhikkhuni Sangha,

in the company of the southern branch sapling

of the most venerable Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree

at whose roots the Blessed One attained

unexcelled, perfect and complete enlightenment,

having passed through the Vindhya range

and down the river Ganges

arrived,

to meet together once again

for the last time

at the ancient, great Tamralipti port,

where, for seven days,

the emperor Dhamma-Ashoka,

offered Bodhi puja,

to his heart's content,

bestowed sovereignty upon

the Jayasri Maha Bodhi sapling,

preparing all for the great journey.

For they were to set sail

on the coming New Moon,

never to return again,

as arhantas and arahantīs

do not return:


"Like swans they set sail,

leaving their former resting places behind."

Uyyuñjanti satīmanto,

na nikete ramanti te;

haṁsāva pallalaṁ hitvā,

okamokam jahanti te.*

"Those who awaken

Never rest in one place.

Like swans, they rise

And leave the lake.


"On the air they rise

And fly an invisible course,

Gathering nothing, storing nothing.

Their food is knowledge.

They live upon emptiness.

They have seen how to break free.

"Who can follow them?

Only the master,

Such is their purity.


"Like a bird,

Who rises on the limitless air

And flies an invisible course.

Who wishes for nothing.

Who's food is knowledge.

Who lives upon emptiness.

Who has broken free."**


*the Buddha, Dhammapāda v. 91



This painting of Sanghamitta and the Bodhi tree's journey is from the Bellanwila Raja Maha Vihara in Sri Lanka, courtesy of the thai-sanscript blog post "Ashoka's first queen" (left side of the painting)


 

This post is part of a series on the Sanghamitta Story Cycle:


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