Understatement of the Day

The following quote is from Ani Tenzin Palmo’s book, Reflections on a Mountain Lake.  Tenzin Palmo is a Tibetan Buddhist nun.

[Attaining perfect Buddhahood in the Mahayana tradition] takes three and a half incalculable aeons.  Now an aeon is an immensely long period for attaining Buddhahood.  I’m sure that at a certain point some people asked themselves, “Why bother?  What can it matter what I do in this lifetime if I have an infinity of time and space before I can hope for accomplishment?”  This thought can really dampen a person’s enthusiasm.

Vicki Mackenzie, who wrote Cave in the Snow about Tenzin Palmo’s life, says that what inspired her to write the book was Tenzin Palmo’s statement to a Buddhist magazine that “I have made a vow to attain Enlightenment in the female form – no matter how many lifetimes it takes.”

Hat tip: Cindy Boersma.

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