I can’t imagine saying it any better, so will just repost this from Lijiun’s great blog.
When I say that ‘I am a Buddhist’, I am not shouting that ‘I am good, better than you or even close to being pure’.
Instead I’m shouting that ‘I was lost in the pains, unsatisfactoriness and frustrations of the world, but now I’m walking a path that leads to progressive lessening of my greed and ignorance, lessening my attachments and sufferings day by day.’
When I say ‘I am a Buddhist’, I’m not bragging of success.
Instead I’m admitting I have failed time and again to let go of my Greed, Hatred and Ignorance, and need the Buddha Dhamma to help me develop qualities of Generosity, Loving Kindness and Wisdom.
When I say ‘I am a Buddhist’ I still feel the sting of pain, the aging of my body, illness and I have my share of heartaches and failures in this ceaselessly changing world, But the Dhamma has taught…
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