Do Buddhas Cry? By Ari Setsudo Pliskin
The Buddha says, Don’t Cry.
The king smiled weakly, but his eyes radiated peace. He closed his eyes and passed from this life. Queen Gotmai and Yasodhara began to cry. The ministers sobbed in grief. The Buddha folded the king’s hands on his chest and then motioned for everyone to stop crying. He told them to follow their breathing… [At the funeral, the Buddha said] “A person who has attained the Way looks on birth, old age, sickness and death with equanimity.”
This seems different from what my teachers teach. From What is Bearing Witness? by Bernie Glassman:
It is the role of the Bodhisattva to bear witness. The Buddha can stay in the realm of not-knowing, the ream of blissful non-attachment. The Bodhisattva vows to save the world, and therefore to live in the world of attachment, for that is also the world of empathy, passion, and compassion.
At a workshop at Rowe Camp, a participant once asked Bernie if he cries…
Do Buddhas Cry?