“If you meet Buddha on the road, kill him.” This saying is attributed to Zen Master Linji, and I often wonder if it might be more accurate replacing the “if” with “when”. “When you meet Buddha on the road, kill him.” Because it will happen. For some of us, more than once.
If you’re like me, way more than once.
My latest encounter in a long line of encounters happened a short while ago. I was with someone I revered and thought was wiser than me – catering to the limitations of the English language, I’ll refer to this person in the feminine. This person had been up for 3 days and – it turned out – ended up being pretty much at their worst. She was de-deified and re-humanized before my eyes; I was able to see her – really – for the first time. I’m not saying that the real personality was who she was at her worst; only that all of us are no more than human. And one more thing: all of us – including me – are the only real authority we will ever have as adults.
I met Buddha on the road, and I killed her. In other words, I unconsciously gave someone else the authority that actually resides inside me, and when I realized this, I was able to take it back. Whew! What a relief that was.
And, knowing me, I’m already wondering who the next one will be. You see, I’m a hero worshiper, an eternal optimist, always believing there are great and wonderful people in this world. I want to meet every one of them. The thing I forget is that I am equally a wonderful person – just as are you.
Warts and all.
Now I’d love to hear from you about your own experiences, knowledge, opinions. In the comments below, share one thing that you experienced as a mirror moment that changed your day, or even your life.
This newsletter is in three parts: the first part is my contribution; the second is a video I’ve found that relates to the topic in part 1; the third is a quote. I hope you enjoy the richness this brings to the topic of the week with all three parts.
Pema – You already have everything you need
Quote of the Week
Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
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