Friday, June 3, 2011

When I say that 'I am a Buddhist'

When I say that 'I am a Buddhist', 
I am not shouting that 
'I am good, better than you or 
even close to being pure'.
Instead I'm shouting that 
'I was lost in the pains, unsatisfactoriness and 
frustrations of the world, 
but now I'm walking a path that
leads to progressive lessening of my greed and ignorance, 
lessening my attachments and sufferings 
day by day.'

When I say 'I am a Buddhist', 
I don't speak of this with a 'Holier than Thou' attitude, 
Never with a 
'I am going to Heaven while you are on 
a one way ticket to Hell' mindset.
Instead I'm confessing that 

I am ignorant of much Truth and 
need the Buddha Dhamma to be my guide.
If I am bad I have an equal chance as any of going to Hell, 
and if I am keeping my precepts well, 
I too have a well deserved holiday in Heaven.

When I say 'I am a Buddhist',
I'm not trying to show 'One-upmanship' or arrogance 
but I'm professing that I'm weak and 
need the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha 
as my Refuge to carry on.

When I say 'I am a Buddhist', 
I'm not bragging of success.
Instead I'm admitting I have failed time and 

again to let go of my Greed, Hatred and Ignorance, 
and need the Buddha Dhamma to 
help me develop qualities of 
Generosity, Loving Kindness and Wisdom.

When I say 'I am a Buddhist',
I'm not claiming to be perfect.
In reality my flaws are far too visible, 
but the Buddha has taught that 
everyone of us is capable of purifying himself and 
attaining perfect wisdom of the Truths of life. 
He has given me the confidence that 
I too can evolve to be Enlightened.

When I say 'I am a Buddhist',
I still feel the sting of pain, 
the aging of my body, illness and 
I have my share of heartaches and 
failures in this ceaselessly changing world.
But the Dhamma has taught me 
to see the realities of life, 
to accept change and 
to handle it with Wisdom. 
My physical body will inevitably suffer but 
my mental pain is optional.

by Anonymous