jaded Buddhist

jaded Buddhist

Some of you maybe quite new with Buddhism. For those who are new I really admire because it is kind of a honeymoon period, it is really inspiring. Buddhism for many of us, those who loves wisdom, those who loves intellectual approach to the spiritual matters. It is wonderful. Buddhism is very logical, rational. At the same time it has a sort of endless depth. Therefore to be inspired by the Buddha, his teachings and the example of his followers is amazing. It is really really wonderful. But those who are jaded like myself, those who have been Buddhist for many many years or those who have been born as a Buddhist, jaded Buddhist I call them. Callus is it? Under our feet, there is a part of flesh that has become almost insensitive. You know like no feeling, the callus Buddhist. Jaded Buddhist. These Buddhist like myself, we really need to think seriously about the motivation. Motivation really makes a big difference. Because as I stressed yesterday, for many of us in the beginning we come to the Buddhist path because we think Buddhism is going to fix your problematic life. That is not the right motivation. That is a very ?theistic motivation. Many people do this. Christian do this. I am sure Muslim do this. Actually you don’t need Buddhism. If you need to just fix the problems in your life you don’t need Buddhism. Actually to tell the truth Buddhism is not the best solution to fix your problem in your life. Buddhism I dare say it actually adds more problem. Because you hear all this information like impermanence. Right? That doesn’t help. It is very sad. Things like egolessness. All this doesn’t really help. Many of us, we come to Buddhist path because we think that Buddhism – I don’t blame you actually. The blame must, if there is any blame it must go to the teachers. Specially the Tibetan teachers I think. The Tibetan teachers they portray Buddhism as some kind of a shamanistic, ritualistic sort of – okay you have this problem, this is the remedy. Do this puja, do that puja. Do this, do that. And if it is coming from the right view, right act, right meditation, right explanation. Wonderful. The tantric methods are powerful, enlightening, and compassionate. Amazing. But if it is coming for purely a motivation to solve a temporal problem it is dangerous. It’s misleading. And it is because of this many of you guys, you end up trying to learn Tibetan culture instead of learning Buddhism. If you are a Tibetologist, by all means go ahead. That is what you are here for. But if you want enlightenment you don’t need Tibetan education. You don’t need the Tibetan culture as the ultimate necessity. Of course, whatever is given by the master, that is necessary. I am telling you this because I am questioning the motivation of many of us including myself. Until today as a Buddhist I can proudly say to the world that in the name of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha we have not yet massacred a lot of people, caused bloodshed, invade other countries, convert them by force. We haven’t done that yet. And I strongly emphasize the word yet. Because it can happen. I think there is a tendency that it can happen. Because you know why? Because most of the Buddhist we are so much in love with the cultural aspect of Buddhism, not the Buddhadharma itself. A very important question to be asked I believe.

The Three Levels of Perception, Singapore 2003

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