Whenever someone asks me about my dog, I would say it is a mixed breed that takes after the Dachshund’s good looks. Really! Of course one can also call it a “village” dog or a “kampung” dog coz it really is not a Dachshund!
Do you know that most claimed Buddhists are actually mixed breeds too? LOL! Bet you are one and you do not know too!
If we are followers of the Buddha during Buddha’s time, we would be solely learning the Dhamma (Buddha’s teachings) and meditating everyday, other than doing what householders should do as advised in the Sigalovada Sutta.
But if you check yourself and / or other Buddhists that you know, you will find them:
1) being superstition
2) checking the horoscope
3) consulting a fortune teller
4) looking out for feng shui tips before the start of a new year
5) jabbering old folks tales and beliefs
6) deciphering dreams
7) showing interests in palm reading
8) burning paper stuff to the dead
9) touch wood for saying inappropriate things
10)matching dates, time, stars and animal signs to check compatibility in relationships
11) etc etc etc…..
We will continue being a mixed breed as long as we are ignorant about what a follower of the Buddha should do. In order to understand better, we just have to gain more knowledge learning about Buddha’s teachings by reading the 5 main Nikayas.
To me, the moment you understand Buddha’s teachings about suffering, impermanence and non self, you will no longer do any of the above coz you no longer have fear of the future and of the unknown.
Without fear, and no longer ignorant, one will not rely on other means for help but will rely on one’s wisdom for refuge…… who is better to save oneself if not oneself, right?
In the Maha-Parinibbana Sutta: (Click at the Sutta to read the full sutta ya)
……..”Now I am frail, Ananda, old, aged, far gone in years. This is my eightieth year, and my life is spent. Even as an old cart, Ananda, is held together with much difficulty, so the body of the Tathagata is kept going only with supports. It is, Ananda, only when the Tathagata, disregarding external objects, with the cessation of certain feelings, attains to and abides in the signless concentration of mind, that his body is more comfortable.
33. “Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as your island, the Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge.
“And how, Ananda, is a bhikkhu an island unto himself, a refuge unto himself, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as his island, the Dhamma as his refuge, seeking no other refuge?
34. “When he dwells contemplating the body in the body, earnestly, clearly comprehending, and mindfully, after having overcome desire and sorrow in regard to the world; when he dwells contemplating feelings in feelings, the mind in the mind, and mental objects in mental objects, earnestly, clearly comprehending, and mindfully, after having overcome desire and sorrow in regard to the world, then, truly, he is an island unto himself, a refuge unto himself, seeking no external refuge; having the Dhamma as his island, the Dhamma as his refuge, seeking no other refuge.
35. “Those bhikkhus of mine, Ananda, who now or after I am gone, abide as an island unto themselves, as a refuge unto themselves, seeking no other refuge; having the Dhamma as their island and refuge, seeking no other refuge: it is they who will become the highest, if they have the desire to learn.” ……