A late entry in the truth category

December 9th, 2009


When you’re as easily teased by Buddhist discourse as I am, you can see the same arguments over and over. Among the refrains I keep hearing are the ones I call The Biggest Lies in Buddhism.

I’m not a Buddha. You most certainly are; you may not yet realize it. “Buddha” does not equate to an imaginary celestial being but to an awakened one. When human beings live in their natural awakened state, undisturbed by delusive thoughts and emotions, they live as buddhas. Buddhahood is your birthright. You claim it every time you wake up to the present moment.

My ideas are as good as yours. That’s true, however, neither are any good at all. The practice of Buddhism is not intended to democratize personal views; it does not aim to equalize the worth of everyone’s self-reinforcing preferences; it simply transcends them. We practice Buddhism so we will no longer be blinded by what we think, and wake up instead to how things are.

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2 Comments »

  1. This is going on my bulletin board!

    Comment by Swirly — December 10, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

  2. Lovely as usual. Thanks! Also, I was reading this blog post and thought of you. Imagine! Gratitude and appreciation in the office: http://powerfulwork.com/blog/2009/12/work-communication-make-it-the-season-of-appreciation-at-work/

    Comment by 32poems.com — December 10, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

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