Sunday, May 31, 2009

Knowing me knowing you

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?


Lydia said...

That is a bold question! It made me think about my answer, and what came is that I want to know that when I come here I will continue to be both challenged and soothed by your astonishing honesty. Something simple happens here: I simply am here.

Flight said...

You reminded of my second favorite Zen story .
The Blind Men and the Elephant

Several citizens ran into a hot argument about God and different religions, and each one could not agree to a common answer. So they came to the Lord Buddha to find out what exactly God looks like.

The Buddha asked his disciples to get a large magnificent elephant and four blind men. He then brought the four blind to the elephant and told them to find out what the elephant would "look" like.

The first blind men touched the elephant leg and reported that it "looked" like a pillar. The second blind man touched the elephant tummy and said that an elephant was a wall. The third blind man touched the elephant ear and said that it was a piece of cloth. The fourth blind man hold on to the tail and described the elephant as a piece of rope. And all of them ran into a hot argument about the "appearance" of an elephant.

The Buddha asked the citizens: "Each blind man had touched the elephant but each of them gives a different description of the animal. Which answer is right?"

Buddha said...

@ Lydia – You made my day :)
And that is a miracle considering it was Monday!

@ Flight – All knowledge and understanding is relative.
The problem is that people confuse knowledge with reality.
It is all BS including the here blog!
To be wise is to know that and strive for better and better BS.
To be enlightened is to drop the entire BS and embrace reality.

Talon said...

What I want from you, you give freely - You are simply yourself.

molly said...

I sort-of agree with Lydia. I am simply here, she said. I arrive to read your words, your insights. Whatever you share I look forward to gleaning something from it, whatever that is. Keep it up!

Diego said...

I always think I am going to maybe learn something, even if I don't "get it". If I think it's BS I just sniff and pass.

Buddha said...

@ Talon - Thank you for being my friend and accepting me the way I am.
I couldn't ask for more.

@ Molly - I really needed some words of encouragement.
It is nice to know that some how we are connected and this is not meaningless afterward.
Thank you :)
@ Diego - As long as you keep on looking you will keep on learning !

Brigit said...

What I get from you is a blog that is thought provoking, interactive, and enlightening. It keeps me coming back, so you must be giving me what I want.

Hopefully your'e getting something you want out of this too.:)

Prodigal Son said...

To tell you the truth you are giving me what i want by being an instigator and thought provoker along my existentialist quest. Please keep it up, it is much appreciated.