The Temptation of Belief [Killing the Buddha]
“When a Buddhist enters a Christian realm, faith without work is difficult to understand, but easy to envy.”
It was like what Buddhists get all the time: If you’re so spiritual, why are you such an asshole?
That really resonated with me, a more direct paraphrase of something that comes up frequently. I think it is easier to write such things than it is to speak them aloud to someone within arm’s reach. It is part of the crux of whole “zen is a cauldron of boiling oil over a roaring fire.”
I am probably presenting all this in such a way that it is coming off all wrong, but I guess that wouldn’t be the first time. Or the final time
[disclaimer: I am an ordained Zen (Ch’an) Buddhist priest.]