1. BUDDHISTS ESCAPE THEIR REALITY BY RUNNING OFF TO MEDITATION.
Ummm, nope! We run to our meditation:
a) to face our ugly parts and befriend them so that they can work with us on our change for better.
b) to question if the reality is only our perception and we might be angry for no reason…
2. IF YOU ARE A REAL BUDDHIST, YOU WOULDN’T BE SO DIRECT IN TELLING THE TRUTH, YOU’D BE COMPASSIONATE AND MAYBE WOULDN’T SAY THINGS THAT HURT OTHERS.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Buddhism is all about truth. And intention. No one knows what the intention behind our words are (and true Buddhists watch good intentions like a hawk as they can’t escape from good old karma), but if it causes short-term harm for long-term good, then we call a spade a spade. If I don’t tell my friend something they might benefit from, although it is not easy to digest at first, am I really being a friend? We say and do things that will benefit sentient beings. How they respond is their action.
Being polite at the cost of being dishonest is what is actually collecting you more of the negative karma.
We also don’t state a fact for another person, we exchange our views. I deliver it with good intentions. It is up to the receiver to accept that with the equally good intentions.
3. YOU BUDDHISTS DON’T REALLY WORK MUCH, YOU THINK MONEY IS NOT IMPORTANT AND YOU RARELY ACHIEVE THINGS. YOU ARE NOT GO-GETTERS.
The amount of time I heard that bullshit coming… Here is an example of Buddhists who studied Buddhism, had their teachers (or not) and I guarantee you they have more than what you and I have.
- David Bowie
- Steve Jobs
- George Lucas
- Tina Turner
- Steven Seagal (he is actually a reincarnation of a lama who has chosen to do something else this time around)
As to our non-celebrities: This is wrong again.
Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist nun. She is a best-selling author. Are you?
I, for example, run a tiny virtual assistance company since 2010, employed people with good salaries and have clients such as Apple, Hollywood fashions stylists & actors, CEO’s of couture fashion brand, doctors, top lawyers, favour writers, etc. etc.
Why you don’t know this is simple.
We don’t brag about this on Facebook. Our happiness is not dependant on what we ‘achieve’.
We work on our mind as happiness is a state of mind, not the state of your Facebook likes or $$$ in your account.
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