Gautama the Buddha was among the first religious or philosophical teachers to discern the truth that "everything changes." This prescient insight, now embedded in the standard model of modern physics, is one of the most enduring legacies of the Buddha's teaching.
Living in the light of humility, kindness and compassion is the deep lesson and timeless inspiration of Bodhi Day. When we celebrate Bodhi Day this year I hope that we can celebrate it as a 21st century holiday, embracing the full weight of Buddhism's long history without being limited by it.
This is about the 100% -- in other words, all of us. Who knows what Gautama was like in the years before he walked out of the palace. He may have been a self-satisfied aristocratic twit -- until he woke up.