As with most things regarding the human condition, the practice of Buddhism can become complacent, stagnant, and overly comfortable. People don’t go all the way. They get stuck, sometimes even before they start. This isn’t meant to happen, mind you, but it happens often.
The problem isn’t with Buddhism. The problem is with human laziness.
People all too often have the tendency to fall into a set way of doing things. They get too comfortable. They become too attached. They cling to the safety and security of what they’ve learned.
They lose sight of fresh insight. They fall into strict dogmatism. They sit idle in the center of their rigid comfort zones. And they’re usually not even aware that it’s happening.
This is where the badass rebel buddha comes in (as metaphor) to mix things up.
To challenge the contended onlookers, the fence sitters, and the vacillating bystanders. To free us from the illusions we have created.
“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: Not going all the way, and not starting.” ~ Unknown
BYSTANDER LAZY BUDDHA:
The Dalai Lama wrote regarding Right Action, “It’s not passive – it’s not empathy alone – but rather an empathetic altruism that actively strives to free others from suffering.”
A BYSTANDER BUDDHA:
- is that part of us that has grown self-satisfied
- and has elected to remain in a certain state out of complacent comfort or out of fear of adventurous discomfort.
- The bystander buddha is apathetically meditating while the world burns.
- There’s no action. There’s only inertia
BADASS SOVEREIGN BUDDHA:
What’s badass is having absolute uncertainty and unconditional love in the face of rigid certainty and conditional love.
A dharma can easily become a dogma. A “way” can easily become a charade. A law can easily become a façade.
Where the bystander buddha is easily fooled by tradition, the badass buddha strategically questions tradition so as to maintain innovation and guard against institutionalization.
A BADASS BUDDHA:
- realizes that expectation and attachment are poison
- understands that pretense is mere makeup, and should be washed off often lest it stain.
- seeks authenticity through self-overcoming
- One who is willing to stand alone in the unknown
- One who stands where no one has stood before in complete nakedness, innocence, and humility
IN THE END, THE LESSON IS THIS:
- don’t be a literal dharma bum
- be a figurative dharma hero
On a fundamental level this is what spirituality is all about.
It's about experiencing life by taking the empirical approach by experiencing and observing, instead of letting others dictate you into what to believe.
Walk your walk and be the change you want to see in the world.
Talking and preaching accomplishes nothing, while acting upon your words changes everything.
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