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Upon being born, baby Buddha took seven steps. Under each step a lotus flower blossomed. He pointed one hand up and one hand down and said, “Under Heaven and above Earth I alone am the World Honored One.”
This is a profound thing for anyone to say, let alone a baby just born. We can question whether this event happened or not, but that misses the point.
To celebrate the birth of the Buddha is to water the seeds of the emerging Buddha within your own body, heart, and mind. How do we allow the Buddha in? We open the door of our own heart. How do we open the door of our heart? Sitting upright in samadhi with a slight smile.
Happy Birthday Buddha!