I only caught the second half of the documentary about the life of the Buddha that was on tonight. It was narrated by Richard Gere. I found the show to be so moving!
My Dad said once that if he could chose a religion, he would be a Buddhist. I thought that was funny because surely you can chose any religion you want, right? But I guess I see his point because when you are Jewish its not just a religion its your cultural identity. I am not sure I am allowed to be a Buddhist, but I know that I am allowed to learn all that I can from all the holy people that have written down great truths.
Lotus Flower - Nelumbo nucifera flower
Here is a quote from the PBS website for the show.
There is a story of a Brahmin who one day found the Buddha under a tree, calmly meditating. The Buddha’s mind was still. He radiated such power and strength that the Brahmin was reminded of a tusker elephant. The Brahmin asked him who he was. The Buddha replied:
“Imagine a red lotus that had begun life underwater but grew and rose above the surface until it stood free. So I too have transcended the world, and attained the supreme enlightenment."
"Who are you, then?" the Brahmin wondered. The Buddha said:
"Remember me as the one who woke up."
I would like to be a person who is awake. I wold like to be able to find some measure of peace and joy in life. I strive to let go of perfectionsm and life in the moment. I think these are ideas that Buddha would approve of. I don't like to be treated like door mats, but on the other hand there is a place where I have to just let go. Other people's bad behavior comes from the pain they are experiencing. Once you realize that - it becomes easier to be compassionate and have forgiveness.