Buddha has no ‘Religion’

Buddha has no religion

(The Buddha is not limited by religion. Neither is the way he taught. Religious identities divide humanity and fill the mind with dogmas and presuppositions. Whereas, the Buddha taught how to remove such clutters and walk a life of freedom and wisdom with simplicity of mind and compassion for all. Here are few lines on the contradictions between the way of religions and the way of the Buddha.)

 

The Buddha has no ‘religion’. He transcends all religious clinging. In the pristine clarity of Bodhi, is the Buddha with his great compassion. So, too is the Way that the Buddha taught.

 

Religion, caste, race, etc., divide humanity. Dogmatic ideas obstruct the luminous clarity of mind, like dense clouds. Groping around in the thicket of that darkness, humans part their ways into many selfish cults and communities. By building borders and holding back the river of compassion, alas, they hold immense burden in their hearts! How miserable!

 

Don’t be stuck with such divisions. Let your mind pervade all beings with the warmth of kindness and compassion. Only then will the dark clouds dissipate. Only then will the stainless Bodhi blaze. That is the Way of Bodhi. Religion has no role there.

The Buddha has no religion. In the pristine clarity of Bodhi, is the Buddha with his great freedom. So, too is the Way that the Buddha taught.

 

The tight grasp of religious dogmas, the plangent tides of disturbing emotions, and the dark speckles of concepts, bind and distort consciousness! Never knowing the power of the open mind, alas, the bound mind whirls in distress by floundering in desires and engrossing in anxieties! How miserable!

 

Observe one’s own state with openness, vigilance and mindfulness. Only thus can you untie the knots of mind and let the open expanse of Bodhi manifest unhindered. That is the Way of Bodhi. Religion has no role there.

The Buddha has no religion. In the pristine clarity of Bodhi, is the Buddha with his great wisdom. So, too is the Way that the Buddha taught.

 

Religion is a needless baggage that we piled up over eons as we scrabbled around in the dark passages of mind. It lacks the simplicity of direct knowledge. It lacks the freshness of direct seeing. Alas, it is filled to the brim with hearsay and speculative ideas.

 

Let go of the religious clinging. Only then can the light of Bodhi permeate the inner expanse. Only by letting go of the blind notions can wisdom and direct knowing rise up. That is the Way of Bodhi. Religion has no role there.

The Buddha has no religion. In the pristine clarity of Bodhi, is the Buddha with his great simplicity. So, too is the Way that the Buddha taught.

 

As the mind settles in its original simplicity, in the great expanse of seeing reality, in the spontaneous bubbling up of kindness and compassion, and in the great joy of boundless freedom, there spreads the stainless radiance of Bodhi. Its vibrancy naturally extends as a healing touch to beings in misery. That is the Way of Bodhi. Religion has no role there.

The Buddha is not a God. Those who have awakened to this perfection of Bodhi are the Buddhas. Bodhi is not a boon. It is awakened through one’s own effort. Those who lit the Way are the Buddhas. The Buddha has no religion.

 

As our own confusion and frailness wither away, may the vibrancy of Bodhi that blossoms in our inner space extend as a guiding lamp to all beings …

 

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