Like water, Buddha Dharma nourishes all, regardless of race, religion, no matter where us are... Whether we live in the forests, or the concrete jungle, it nourishes us all the same... Like nature, Buddha Dharma treats all the same. When Americans learn to apply Dharma, they call it American Buddhism... When Tibetans and Chinese did it, they call it Tibetan and Chinese Buddhism. Does Buddhism has an absolute identity? There is no absolute identity according to the Buddha, not even Emptiness. This nature of Buddha's teachings clearly demostrates the selflessness, compassion and equanimity nature of Buddha.
In contrary to what other great religions taught, the teaching of Compassion taught and demostrated by Buddha is not restricted to Buddhists, a particular chosen race or people, humans, or you can simply say - it is unconditional. His Compassion is non-judgmental, and there is no need for repentance for Him to love you again or accept you to His kingdom and be happy again.
To repent in Buddhism, means is to take charge of our lives, be responsible, and change for the better. Letting go of the crippling burden of guilt and sense of sin of what's past, and move on with life as a genuinely changed, stronger and better person.
How do we become wise and compassionate like the Buddha? Buddha stands for human perfection. All His perfect qualities are already within each of us. It is not like we're seeking something we don't have, we have potential of perfection already in us. All we need is to awaken the Buddha in us...
We can seek guidance and strength in Him in many ways. A simple way is to keep a habit of asking ourselves how Buddha will do in difficult situations. Recall His teachings and His compassion and wisdom and do what He will do.
Calm down, relax, breath deeply and feel His presence, feel His loving compassion healing us, relieving us. It helps to also contemplate about Buddha's virtuous qualities, and remind ourselves of them, feel joyious while doing so. (That is the real purpose of the Buddha images.. Buddhism teachings do not include worshipping of idols or images.) It really does calms our minds. And it's bringing a smile to my face now too.. : )
Do not give up just because difficulties and obstacles arise. Practise often, diligently and seriously. So that it becomes part of our habitual behaviours. The same people or situations will be difficult as usual, but our immunity and EQ improves. The whole street is covered with dust. That's why we wear the shoes. If you know what I mean...
This is a nice contribution, I want to share my reflections and experiences too!
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