Is Buddhism A Religion?

christandbuddhahuggingIt 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.

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Is your spirituality Maverick or Custodial?

ChristAndBuddhaHugging

Not Here {by RUMI}

TherGreeningCoppere’s courage involved if you want
to become truth.  There is a broken-

open place in a lover.  Where are
those qualities of bravery and sharp

compassion in this group?  What’s the
use of old and frozen thought?  I want

a howling hurt.  This is not a treasury
where gold is stored; this is for copper.

We alchemists look for talent that
can heat up and change.  Lukewarm

won’t do.  Halfhearted holding back,
well-enough getting by?  Not here.

There’s a shredding that’s really
a healing, that makes you more alive!

For safekeeping, gold is hidden in a desolate place, wheregold
no one ever goes, not

in a familiar, easy-to-get-to spot.  The proverb goes, Joy
lives concealed in grief.

I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow
And called out, “It tastes sweet, does it not?”

“You’ve caught me,” grief answered, “and
you’ve ruined my business.  How can I

sell sorrow, when you know it’s a blessing?”

Esoterica R Us

When I was younger, I felt totally alone in my experience of life and perception. The only solace I ever got was from the books I read. The stories, especially the teaching stories. The Bible, up to a certain age, and then Plato, Socrates, World Religions, Metaphysics, and best of all, fiction about Metaphysics. Things that helped me to understand the whys and hows of this strange thing called life.

Now that I have understood it enough to have inner peace, I am passing it on as a service, in the same format, because I can, because the written word is my domain (I kind of still suck at embodiment), and because it might be beneficial for certain kinds of people. Kindred spirits.

So this blog is Integral. Here, I keep the magical, mystical, agnostic, zen, Buddhist, esoteric content going. Yet, I address the material world. It’s a critical thinking engagement.

Articulating one’s thoughts has a similar effect to teaching a class or giving a speech; by the time one is done with the articulation, one understands the material in a new way, a better way. And when friends challenge each other in respectful, discerning debate, we all sharpen our understanding of what’s still muddy or assumptive, and we get wiser. Hopefully more compassionate too.

It would be nice to be able to make a proper living, given that I’ve dedicated (and sometimes risked) my life to actually learn what I teach. I might sometimes risk my life to write what I know. Therefore, I ask for donations. Contact me if you’d like to donate to help support my work: vajratara.here@gmail.com.

Please share and attribute my content, especially on LinkedIn and also Facebook and other social media. Your attention, and the attention of your respected colleagues, family, and friends, is my currency too. Your appreciation is my motivation. You caring about this material matters to me. Good karma for everyone.

Parting thoughts: Money doesn’t grow on trees, but food, clothing and shelter and families do. Everything we need surrounds us! It’s all already here, but we have to notice is. Something blinds us from understanding the richness of our true resources in this very moment. Our attention is our most precious asset! Guard your attention, keep your balance, treasure your focus, stay sane, hold the center. We need each other. Let’s treat each other well.

Eva Hermogenes