- Feb 8, 2007Sonam,
No criticism of Siddhartha
Or Buddhism or any Buddha
Only those would-be teachers
Who "veil" Gautama's story
Neither did I pit Bergson
Against the gentle Buddha
The gentle remark was genuine
And born of respect
Herman Hesse held the door
For me when I discovered his
Siddhartha, which sent
Me on my search
Enlightenment comes easy
An endless wave once caught
Compared to learning to
Consistently walk the middle path
PS: Yes, familiar with the
new schools of Buddhism.
More familiar with Christianity.
Enjoy Yogananda and Nhat Hanh's
comparitive studies of the
One story along that line,
that came out of the new
school comes to mind:
As Siddhartha neared starvation,
a young woman came to him with
nourishment. He became refreshed
and soon experienced his Awakening.
This event helped establish the
teaching of interdependence and
balance of the middle way.
In Christianity, there is a story
of a woman who came to Jesus,
asking that he heal her daughter.
But she was from another region,
and Jesus told her that he only
came for the lost sheep of Israel,
and it would not be right for him
to "feed a dog" (apparently an
ethnic slur at the time).
Her response was that "even the
dogs will eat the crumbs from
the master's table". Jesus was
reportedly stunned and offered
the blessing to heal her daughter,
commenting that he had not seen
such faith in all of Israel.
My take is that she opened his
eyes to the fact that his
Enlightened presence in the world
was for everyone - without
exception, and that changed his
ministry and mission dramatically.
Keep the change.