The Buddha is supposed to have been dedicated, like no other person before him, to the effort of perceiving the world as it is, and sharing that perception with others. I found it amusing, for this reason, to find the collection of three Buddha statues
These UU congregations all promote one particular religion – Christianity – over all others, in just about the same ratio. There’s not just a lack of diversity within Unitarian Universalist congregations. There also seems to be a lack of diversity between congregations. Unitarian Universalism insists that it isn’t promoting any creed, but these results show that it is promoting a particular creed – a special blend consisting mostly of Christianity, with a drop of Buddhism mixed in.
The Buddha seems to be the Unitarian Universalist poster boy of religious diversity. Whenever the Unitarian Universalist Association wants to create the appearance of diversity in its ideas and practices, it brings up the Buddha. Still, the Buddha is relegated to the sidekick of the UU Jesus bully boy, mentioned less than a forth of the amount that Jesus comes up.
When Ram Bomjon hit people with a stick, he was not doing what the Buddha would have done.
Listen to others, by all means, but test every assertion made by leaders, and if their assertions don’t match reality, don’t follow the paths they have cleared. Let experience be your guru.
When he sits looking down at his empty hands in his lap, Buddha seems like he should be holding a small wireless device.
Perhaps I’m just at a low level of awareness of the dharma that flows all around us, invading our privacy. For that reason, I’d like to invite people to engage in an honest, catch-phrase-free discussion of Buddhism. Was the Buddha the savior of humanity, who showed us the way to escape suffering, or was he just a deadbeat who left his wife and baby son because he didn’t like his job?