A Buddha has Entered the World

A Buddha has Entered the World

Endowed with the Dharmakaya that is the ground of all existence,

The Sambogakaya that is pure and splendid to behold,

And the Nirmanakaya that serves the needs of all beings,

You are known by some as the simple monk Br. Edo.

A master of masters, the embodiment of all Buddhas,

Since primordial beginning and with unceasing activity,

Using your iron hook of compassion and skilful means,

You enter the Worlds and swiftly liberate the suffering beings.

We are two Dharma Warrior Kings,

Perfectly free in the realm of unchanging great bliss,

A safe island of refuge for exhausted seekers of the Way,

Yet hidden from the view of the faithless and cowardly.

Whilst we are beyond meeting and departing,

 Pray Mahakalyanamitra, swiftly lead this clumsy one to fruition,

For in the realm of non-action there is much to be done.

Come now, bestow upon me the blessings of your Wisdom Mind.

This song that spontaneously arose was written as a token

of heartfelt gratitude for the wish-granting kindness of the simple

monk Br. Edo. Through the merits of these words may all Samsaric

beings not only meet with the perfectly endowed Buddhas,

but may they also recognise having done so.

Ven. William Van Gordon

Author: Dr Edo Shonin & Ven William Van Gordon

Dr Edo Shonin Dr Edo Shonin is research director of the Awake to Wisdom Centre for Meditation and Mindfulness Research, and a chartered psychologist at the Nottingham Trent University (UK). He sits on the editorial board for the academic journal Mindfulness and the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Edo is internationally recognised as a leading authority in mindfulness practice and research and has over 100 academic publications relating to the scientific study of meditation and Buddhist practice. He is the author of ‘The Mindful Warrior: The Path to Wellbeing, Wisdom and Awareness’ and primary editor of academic volumes on ‘The Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness’ and ‘Mindfulness and Buddhist-derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction’. He has been a Buddhist monk for thirty years and is spiritual director of the international Mahayana Bodhayati School of Buddhism. He has also received the higher ordination in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Edo regularly receives invitations to give keynote speeches, lectures, retreats and workshops at a range of academic and non-academic venues all over the world. Ven William Van Gordon Ven William Van Gordon has been a Buddhist monk for almost ten years. He is co-founder of the Awake to Wisdom Centre for Meditation, Mindfulness, and Psychological Wellbeing and the Mahayana Bodhayati School of Buddhism. He has been ordained within Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana Buddhist traditions and has extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist practice, psychology, and philosophy. Prior to becoming a Buddhist monk, Ven William Van Gordon worked for various blue chip companies including Marconi Plc, PepsiCo International, and Aldi Stores Limited where he worked as an Area Manager responsible for a multi-site £28 million portfolio of supermarkets with over 50 employees. Ven William Van Gordon is also a research psychologist and forms part of the Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health Research Unit, Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University. His area of research expertise is the study of ‘authentic spiritual transmission’ – within mainstream Buddhism itself as well as within contemporary Buddhist-derived clinical interventions. His current research projects are concerned with evaluating the effectiveness of meditation and mindfulness for the treatment of various health conditions. Ven William Van Gordon has numerous publications relating to the clinical utility of meditative interventions including in leading peer-reviewed psychology journals. As a separate undertaking, William is currently writing-up his doctoral thesis which relates to the effects of meditation on work-related wellbeing and performance. Ven William Van Gordon enjoys fell running, martial arts, DIY, reading and writing poetry, caring for cancer patients, and studying civil litigation. He is a keen mountaineer with some arctic expedition experience.

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