This is what Enlightenment looks like.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Mar 2, 2011
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The 16th Karmapa: Manifestations of Awakened Mind

The Karmapa Black Hat Ceremony: the Proclamation of Enlightenment.

I saw the Black Hat ceremony several times as a young tike—and I loved the Karmapa, all of us children did, he was as warm and magnetic in person with children as he was powerful and grounded as a Buddhist teacher. Here’s an excerpt from a movie I recommend to you all, The Lion’s Roar.

Enjoy—this brief ceremony is considered to be the proclamation or display of the englightened, fully-awake state of mind and heart. So maybe take a good upright sitting position, a deep breath, and focus as you watch this. Take it in as if you were there, which, thanks to youtube, you basically are!


Bonus, a visit to the SF Zoo:

He loooved animals, birds in particular:

For more videos and info.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “This is what Enlightenment looks like.”

  1. Karen Hanegan says:

    There are just too many coincidences/auspicious things happening in my life now; e.g., about two weeks ago I was on Facebook posting away about the "controversy" with the 17th Karmapa. A friend happened to be on at the same time; she let me know that she used to live in India and was the 16th Karmapa's bird-keeper (birds pictured above in the article!) THAT totally floored me!

  2. TheNeighbourBoy says:

    Chills and tears.