Shakyamuni Buddha cares for others and for all sentient beings. He went to seek Buddha (which means the absolute, the truth), and in doing so, He forgot all His suffering, even in the very cold weather. His body was freezing cold, but without complaining, He went through great sufferings and realized Buddha. When His mind became immensely wide and clear, in that true mind, He saw all the sentient beings.
He saw that all the sentient beings have not yet realized the Buddha and are attached to their “I, my, me”, only caring for and protecting their own benefit. In order to do that, they fight with others, make others suffer, and sometimes because of jealousy, they wish for others to do poorly. Thus, they block the people’s great way, and at the same time, they think that their actions are correct. They live the most difficult life with their wrong concepts.
When these kinds of people leave this world, they carry a very heavy karma bag, and even though they are in the other world, they still suffer. At the same time, they cannot be free from the wheel of samsara and so have difficulties coming out of ignorance.
In order to save this kind of sentient being, Shakyamuni Buddha truthfully shared His enlightenment through His great Dharma teaching. He wanted all sentient beings to have the greatest, most joyous nirvana, while living or after death, instead of being continuously caught in samsara.
So, He gave His wise teaching through The Four Noble Truths and through the teaching of the great Eightfold Path. If one lives one’s life according to the Eightfold Path, one will not build up negative karma, and at the same time, one will build up much virtue, so that one can live a wise and appreciative life and realize Buddha oneself. One will find infinite inextinguishable happiness, so that while one is alive, and also after death, one can do the correct function and duty as good sons and daughters of Buddha.
Let us give our greatest respect to Shakyamuni Buddha on His Enlightenment Day. Let us worship and bow to Shakyamuni Buddha on His Enlightenment Day, which is tomorrow.
Four Noble Truths: Suffering, the cause of suffering, the end of suffering, and enlightenment.
Eightfold Path: right seeing, right thinking, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right recollection, and right concentration.