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The Buddha

I have this idea in my head that anyone should evaluate products and services according to the criteria that matter most to them and make decisions about what to buy solely on that basis, without anyone yammering at them with extraneous messages or information. Having anyone try to sell me anything makes me immediately suspicious.

This is part of the reason I like Buddhism. It involves no sales job. Neither does it offer any threat or coercion. It is just very honest. In moral terms, the Buddha told us that we will be happier in the long run if we behave ourselves, no matter how much fun any act that violates the precepts might be in the doing of it.

In practical terms, it offers meditation as a concrete practice that anyone can take up as the mechanism for realizing the benefits of the system. This is all the result of the Buddha’s own experience, which is as well verified historically as any events from 400 years BCE can be. We can explain the Buddha’s experience entirely without resort to metaphysical claptrap that mostly creates absurd, unnecessary stphilosophical problems.

And the central claim is that every human, every sentient being, can recapitulate the Buddha’s experience ourselves if we meditate enough. And, of course, the Buddha was right. Being right should count for something. They say that referrals from trusted sources are the best sales method. That must have been how the Buddha attracted followers, living as he did over 2,000 years before the invention of radio, television, and the internet.

Even with the various technological marvels we now have, the best way to spread the word about awakening through Buddhism is through the stories of people who have experienced it. So keep meditating until you have an awakening story to tell. That’s what I did.

No sales job. Nothing up my sleeves. Just the reality of Buddhism.

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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