|Photo Credit: NASA Apollo Missions: Messier crater pair|
|View of Messier craters from Apollo 15|
There are many such images on the Moon that illustrate remarkably what Buddha might have seen with his naked eye as the elements of the Bhavachakra. One just needs to have the perception of what to look for that has both meaning and a purpose in one's life, and needless to say, search for the perceived image, or images, which describe the truth that one is seeking.
|Sitting and standing postures of Avalokiteshwara ©|
Then, on December 21st around 3:00 AM, within just a few days after finding the Buddha fresco, I was awestruck to discover a near 3D holographic image of the Buddha form. I was ecstatic. Suddenly everything that I could anticipate was staring right back at me. I zoomed in and out from the image wanting to see everything, my eyes squinting, I kept clearing my eyes of the blurry feeling during the early hours and anxiously waited for Thay Thien to see it. Knowing Thay Thien woke up at 4:00 AM every morning, minutes of waiting felt like hours. I just could not believe that I had actually discovered what Gautama Buddha may have pointed to on the Moon. Thay Thien and I felt mesmerized.
The natural holographic image resembling the Buddha form is visible in the vicinity of Tycho and is composed of all wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum. This holographic image is perceived to be formed by directed radiation crisscrossing the lunar surface from multitudes of lunar craters that span the regions enveloped by Marias Nubrium, Cognitum and Insularum on the left, Mare Vaporum on top, and Marias Tranquillitatis and Nectaris on the right.
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|Features of the Buddha Form on the Moon|
|Image Credit: NASA/GSFC|
|Image Credit: NASA|
|Waxing Moon Full Moon Waning Moon|
It is good to know why we do things so that both the meaning and purpose of our actions can be felt and experienced. Just practicing a belief without knowledge of its meaning is blind faith and will not lead us through a path of Dharma.
During the time I had been searching for Buddhist literature I had come across a phrase “Sun-faced Buddha and Moon-faced Buddha” and read various interpretations. I asked myself if the Moon-faced Buddha was indeed what I had found. It is only in December 2010, three years later that I began to understand the meaning of the Moon-faced Buddha. Being interested in Zen since 2001 I had been seriously looking for books and other resources on the Internet. Any time I was at a bookstore, I would peruse the Eastern religion section looking for a book on Zen -- one that I could easily read and understand. Often, after reading the preface and skimming through the chapters I would put the book back on the shelf and wonder if I would ever understand how to practice this ancient approach to a philosophy of the mind. Then one day in late August 2010 as I was going through some new arrivals at Barnes & Nobles bookstore I found a book entitled: “Two Zen Classics – The Gateless Gate and The Blue Cliff Records” translated by late Katsuki Sekida. I was extremely impressed by Sekida’s translations and the ease with which I could read and understand the messages that are conveyed in these two Zen classics. The Mumonkan (The Gateless Gate) and Hekiganroku (The Blue Cliff Records) are among the two most revered and most widely cited Zen classics composed of dialogs between Zen Masters and their disciples. Known as koans, they were composed between 960 AD-1290 AD by the Sung Dynasty in
Sekida’s translation shed light on my findings of the Buddha form on the Moon. In his book, Sekida describes the beauty of the Full Moon as it rises majestically and lasts for a day and a night. It is my understanding now that the Moon-faced Buddha describes the attributes of a calm and serene mind in the shadow of an evil conniving mind. It illustrates the dual personality present in everyone wherein the good nature in one’s mind has the power to overcome the evil nature and generate a feeling of forgiveness and soft-heartedness.
In December 2010, NASA released new pictures of the Sun viewed from twin satellites. For the first time, we can see the Sun all around in its spherical form. With this new information and having read Sekida’s narrative of the Sun-faced Buddha I was all the more curious to discover if there is indeed a form that could be attributed to the Sun-faced Buddha. As I saw the video of the Sun I was awestruck by the emergence of a face shaped like a smiley face. I had seen similar postings on the Internet earlier but had failed to make any connection. Could this be the Sun-faced Buddha, I wondered. Hot, flaming, sun-burned, angered at times, happy at times, sad at times, is perhaps what the great Master Baso may have implied by referring to the Sun-faced Buddha.
Finally as though by coincidence, ten days after my discovery on December 31, 2007, I saw a quote in Zen Keys from the world-renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, which read:
“The moment of awakening may be marked by an outburst of laughter, but this is not the laughter of someone who has won the lottery or some kind of victory. It is the laughter of one who, after searching for something for a long time, suddenly finds it in the pocket of his coat.”
Lunar Atlas images from Apollo missions and other orbiters