A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

I don’t need that!

Most of the religions of the world, attempt to give us the sense of control of the world around us. By appealing to a higher power, we can bend thing to be more suitable for us. How often have we heard a farmer pray for rain or sunshine, a fisherman for a bountiful harvest, or a childless couple getting on in years for the blessing of a child? Buddhism takes the opposite approach, it teaches us to accept that which we cannot change, while changing that which we can. Much like a modern condominium, we can’t change the exterior, or move a wall to gain more space. We can however install a wall bed or get a futon to give us a sleeping area that vanishes during the day. The same is with our thoughts, if we are more like the Dalai Lama while at the mall, we don’t attach to the new clutter we see, regardless of the fact that 60” LCD would be an improvement over my classic tube television . I don’t need it, as I am not much of a television watcher.

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