Buddhism and Buddhist

Buddhism and Buddhist

First of all I like tell you, there is a difference – of course you know this – there is a difference between Buddhism and Buddhist. Buddhism is what? All compounded things are impermanent. Everything is inherently non existent. So on and so forth. Pure. Incorruptible. Simple. Right? Now Buddhist, well, you are looking at one at the moment. Corruptible, contrivable. Yes, why? Because beings like myself, Buddhist, we are just a human being. You understand? I think this is quite an important question. Because this kind of question has been raised in many different occasions, intentionally or unintentionally. I even experienced this, at one day there was a – you know, I saw a person who became a monk. He shaved his hair, under the Bodhi Tree actually. And next day, he was fighting with a rickshaw driver, right outside – not fist fighting, but arguing really violently almost. And then next to me there is a Westerner who said: “Isn’t he a Buddhist? How comes he is not controlling his emotions?” People have this kind of expectation that the moment you change, the moment you take refuge, you will change everything. If we could, how nice it would be. But that is not possible.

Buddhism beyond boundaries and time, Nepal 2007

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