Keep Crushing It !!
Updated: Mar 28, 2019
In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that when he was a young monk he thought the Buddha never suffered.
Then, as he matured, he realize that Buddha being a human suffered as every other person. He had a body so he had to at least occasionally get a headache or a stomachache. And, when a friend died, he’d feel sad. He was a human being. Therefore, he experienced pain and suffering.
Of course, he was also the enlightened Buddha so he was very good at regaining his equanimity.
If the Buddha was enlightened, Thich Nhat Hanh asks, then why did he still meditate after attaining his enlightenment?
Answer: Because the Buddha’s happiness and equanimity was, like EVERYTHING else in the world, IMPERMANENT.
The Buddha needed to tend to his own well-being. Every day. Even after his enlightenment.
Now, if the Buddha needed to keep on doing after he attained his enlightenment, I’m pretty sure that means we do as well.