A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Those who follow a religion or path are imperfect like we are

There has been a lot of news recently about Vatileaks, a series of revelations that have exposed the actions of The Popes office, the Vatican in how to manage perception of compliance rather than actually complying with the financial clarity required in tracking down criminals. The Pope’s personal butler was just detained for questioning. Some are saying it’s an attempt to discredit the Cardinal who is seen as a front runner to replace the current one when he leaves office. Regardless of the motivation, or the exact outcome of the leaks, it is normal that whenever there is a power structure in the shape of a pyramid, that there will be some who will use whatever means they feel expedient to attain the peak of power. Could this be part of why Buddha while setting the Sangha as something to be aspired to, in his next words made the Sangha totally dependent on the lay people for their existence? There is no Buddhist version of the Vatican Bank. Although this involves one of the larger religious organizations in the world, the majority of its followers are the same as Buddhists or the follower of any other teacher: just trying to ease the suffering they feel in this life, so they can be happy. Buddha gave us advice to test everything, not to follow the teacher, or the Sangha, but to follow our path. Every faith has a path, if the path goes one way, and the guides point another, it is by following the path, that we achieve our destination.

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