That’s a question from another blogger and it really got me thinking. I don’t know if I *need* Buddhism, now that you ask. It’s all part of turning 50 and examining my life. I decided I didn’t want to live that life any more. I needed to make changes, embracing Buddhism was a significant change to make.
I think I get the point though, why do I need to structure these changes around a religion at all. I can certainly live as good a life without the pomp and circumstance. When you ritualize something it starts to become a religion. (Ah, now I get that Buddhism is a religion.)
Why buy into the ceremony of it all? That’s the thing, it’s the ceremony of it that bothers me, the reverence of Someone that lived a thousand years ago. I can live the Buddhist way without going overboard and joining a monastery.
No matter the religion there are deep similarities. And when looked upon a new way, the whole thing suddenly seems absurd. Why are we worshiping someone who’s been dead 1000 or more? I guess that’s why you have to be a god, then you can be forever.
Now, will I continue as I am or do I put aside the *instruction books* on how to live a better life. Do I need Buddhism? Do I? Such a cynical question. Yet, it makes me think.
I’m not sure about abandoning my current plan. I feel a need to connect with other people right now. With Buddhists I’ll have something in common with them walking in the door. Talking shop would seem a good way to break the ice and eventually get to know some people. It seems it’s a need we all have, or religion would never have been invented. I guess it brings a sense of community and togetherness. Maybe it’s a remnant of the days of the Neanderthal. Maybe that’s where religion was born. A reason for people to come together? An extension of story telling?
Really something to consider. Thanks for your marvelous question, Pink. ((hugs))