It depends on who you ask. That is, it depends upon the form and the way Buddhism is practiced. For some, yes, it is religion. For others, no. Those of us that practice Buddhism as a non-religion tend to look upon those that practice religious forms as good Buddhists who are nonetheless either incapable of actualizing, or otherwise missing the ultimate, non-dual point of the Buddha’s teachings. This may seem to be a put-down, but it is not intended as one. Just as there are Catholics and Greek Orthodox who are extremely traditional and rule-oriented versus, say, a Gnostic Christian who follows the spirit, rather than the letter of the scriptural law, there are Buddhists who are rule-oriented and scripturally bound. …
For many Americans, summer is a time of sports, vacations, picnics, concerts, beaches, and family enjoyment. For other Americans, however, many children among them – a bright summer day is just another day of pain. There are no trips to Disneyland, birthday parties with friends, or games to play with cousins. There’s often no school to return to in the fall. These young people have no loving, stable family to provide such scenarios of enjoyment, much less to keep them safe. …
Time passes, everything changes. Be the change we want to see. Seeing is believing. Believing is creating. I create here, and though I may have some kind of intent at times, (usually indulging in my desire to ease suffering and to enlighten, (according to my sometimes hilariously unenlightened perspective, in retrospect)) the truth is, either it flows out, or it doesn’t.
I have had deserts of years, sometimes a decade or more at a time.
Someone once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift. — Mary Oliver
At other times, like now, a crash of raging rivers of flow through me, too much content to capture, and I can’t contain it. Whatever my form is able to put into writing, it is a fraction of what is coming through.
It’s hard to have such an intense architecture. So if you see stupidity, cut me some slack. Otherwise, enjoy.