Sunday, April 20, 2008

I Don't Want to Talk About It

A little while ago, I promised myself that I would stop having regrets, that I would do things that were important to me. I decided not to stand idle anymore, stuck in an internal debate of "should I, or shouldn't I." No more regrets, it's time to just do.

I've totally messed up. I have missed the amazing chance to see the Dali Llama this weekend in Ann Arbor. My heart is sad, I really could just kick myself. (Although Llama would not like that.) Why did I let yet another regret in my life happen?

Complacency is the only reason I can think of. I didn't work hard enough or quick enough. I took the easy road and waited too long.

If the Dali Llama comes again, I will be sure to buy tickets right away. This will serve as a lesson, it won't go without purpose.

As I write this post, it seems a little funny that I now define myself as a "Buddhist", but I suppose what is more laughable, is that I've always been a Buddhist for the most part, and never knew it. Subtle is the philosophy, (it's not a true religion by the way, Buddha is not a god, he was not supernatural, just a guy) small teachings about life and flow. It makes sense. It's not dogmatic, there's room for any type of person from all the faiths of the world, I think maybe, that's why I like it the most.

So I will end with a this:

HATEVER, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings; believe and cling to that doctrine, and take it as your guide. [Buddha]


Sarah said...

That quote reminded me very much of this one from the Bible:

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." -Phil 4:8

Lolo said...

Almost all modern religions share roots and common teachings with the ancient Eastern religions. It's quite interesting.

Your quote is very similar indeed and I would not be surprised if it was derived from a Buddhist text because of the striking sameness.

Although I can't see how it would remotely mean the same thing, because doesn't Christianity teach that the only "truth", the only way is through Jesus Christ?

In Buddhism, it is exactly the opposite. The whole point is to take the divisions and judgments out of the equation. There is no single "right" thing to believe,no, one size fits all path to follow in this world. It's more of a philosophy, a way to calm thinking and of peace

I don't mean this to be offensive, just as a mind jogger....if the bible's passage was taken from Buddhism (as Buddhism is older), does the bible distort the original message? Just wondering....

Jeremy said...

Well, you don't know what we can find,
Why don't you come with me little girl?
On a magic carpet ride.
You don't know what we can see,
Why don't you tell your dreams to me,
Fantasy will set you free.
Close your eyes girl,
Look inside girl.
Let the sound take you away.

- Steppenwolf

Jeremy said...

Dali Llama or Dalai Lama?

Ya gotta know this stuff if you're going to be enlightened!