Being a Buddha: Transcending the Idea of Self/Other

interesting title chosen here by Christopher Chase – worth trying to get my head round how it IS actually related to the text.

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“More important than identification with a religion is to live the teachings― to focus on being peaceful, loving, joyful, generous, grateful, mindful and kind. To “be the change,” as Gandhi put it, transcending the conceptual categories and divisions in our heads.”

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When Western people are drawn to the Buddha’s teachings the problem often arises of how to communicate about this to non-Buddhist family and friends. Especially difficult is when some are unhappy or voice disapproval.

Ram Dass has shared a story of a young woman who told him, “My family hates when I’m a Buddhist but loves when I’m a Buddha.” In other words, its not what religion we identify ourselves with that matters, but how we think, feel and keep our hearts open with others that matters most.

In my experience, it’s often beneficial to not identify too strongly with any group or “ism”… When I identify myself as a Buddhist then a…

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~ by Barbara S on July 4, 2022.

2 Responses to “Being a Buddha: Transcending the Idea of Self/Other”

  1. … especially hard perhaps for those with a RC upbringing – I witnessed a bunch of converts in the depth of Bavaria some decades ago, sitting at the feet of the Buddhist teacher …ey wey

  2. “By focusing on the interdependence, unity and connectedness that was always there from the beginning, the “problem” of self/other is not so much solved, as dissolved and transcended.”

    Trying to solve this “problem” for myself via social media “connectedness” is my magnum opus, dear Barbara. 🙂

    “You’ve gotta be very careful that grace and politeness do not merge into a banality of behavior, where we’re just nice, sort of ‘death by cupcake.'” Bono

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