As all of you I inherited my “being” from my parents and my teachers.
They “choose” a name for me. They chose my religion, my language, my country my history.
Nobody ever asked me what I really wanted, until one faithful day when I ask my self:
“What do I want?” and most importantly “Who am I?”
I assume that you have reached that point in your life and that you are contemplating the same questions.
I assume that like me you have broken out of the boundaries set by your parents and teachers and have started exploring other teachings, other religions and cultures.
I assume that just like me you have heard and learned about Buddhism.
What is the teaching of Buddha?
Why am I, and probable you, attracted to it?
Well, to put it simple, the teaching of Buddha is that you are responsible for your life – happiness or the unhappiness of your experience – and that you can change that experience by following certain rules.
BTW – the Buddhist rules are not at all different from the teachings of any other major religions of the world, as the mater of fact they are almost identical just expressed and presented differently.
The major difference and the attraction of Buddhism – at least to me – was that Buddhism puts you in charge of your life.
God can be almost removed out of equation. An atheist can as easily practice Buddhism as a monk devotee and the results would be the same.
I don’t preach a religion.
I believe that God should be experienced and that each individual should have a personal relationship with God like each one of us have a relationship with our material father and mother without using any intermediaries or formal percepts.
That is because “unconditional love” shouldn’t have any rules, barriers or cannons.
Unconditional love is just that; unconditional.
I don’t preach a way of life either.
I believe each life should be different and you should live your life to its full potential.
I believe that the measure of success in your life is the happiness that you have and the happiness that you offer to the people around you.
I wish you and your loved ones all the happiness in the world.
But I would never tell you what to do or how to do it.
I can not breath for you.
I can not eat for you.
I can not love or hate for you.
I can not live your life.
The only thing I can do is to tell you my story.
Share with you my experiences, dreams and fears.
If you can find wisdom in my wisdom or my folly, if I can make you my friend on my journey, that is all I ever want.
So if I may be so bold to ask:
What would you want from me?