Nov 15, 2008

Buddha Boy

I'm not a person really known for my faith.

I was raised Catholic, but it really didn't take all that well. My parents were/are big into the Church and they expected the same from their six children (did I mention Catholic?). But my brother is the only one who regularly attends Mass nowadays and that has probably more to do with his wife than his faith. Maybe not. I don't know.

Anyway, I've always like the concept of Buddhism. I don't really know enough about it, but what I do know makes me smile. Just the statues of Buddha alone makes me smile.

So here's to hoping that this kid in Nepal isn't perpetuating some kind of hoax. I'd like to believe that he actually has real faith and that his followers share that faith. But it's a pretty neat story anyway.

Have a great weekend!

11 comments:

Mr. Poopie said...

Kinda hard to rub one out with that many people watching you.

Aunt Robin said...

I remember reading about this boy when he was sitting under the tree a couple years ago. Our western upbringing probably makes us more cynical--always looking for a scientific explanation that will remove mysticism and the paranormal from the equation. For instance, the little Hindu girl from a remote village in India who was born with her headless parasitic twin joined at her pelvis. She has been hailed as a reincarnation of the goddess, Vishnu, although doctors have seen this sort of birth defect many times.

Yet,we desperately want to believe in the miracle... even for one moment.

Holly Hall said...

I think the basic idea of Buddhism, and well Asian philosophy, is the idea that there is this central energy in all of us. A life force that is growing (life) or being absorbed (death-like a rotting tree).

Meditation, or for me, Yoga, is a very simple way to experience this force. Communing with God on the good days.

I was raised Catholic and I really, really miss it. All that pagentry and all those stained glass windows...sigh.

But all those trappings, all those robes, really got in the way of hearing my own voice, let alone the voice of God.

Sad though, I do miss being Catholic. I could still walk into any Catholic church and know exactly what was going on, when to stand, kneel, take communion.

But, there is no challenge to then huh? And is it not through challenge we grow? And faith, for me, is one of the most important areas I seek growth.

Ok ok

geez, turned into a mini post here in your comments.

Gotta stop that!

:)

Mrs. Hall

Michelle J said...

So, can i be considered a buddha girlie if when i eat A LOT my tummy is sort of buddha like in that you can rub it and i will grant your wish???

Sorry, just had to ask!

I know nothing about Buddhism but its going to be cool to learn a bit now!!

See, you make me a better person b.e.!!

Dr Zibbs said...

Earl we have similar backgrounds. Raised Catholic. 5 kids. Being Godlike myself I don't go to church. I don't want to seem like a hypocrite.

teeni said...

I dunno. I've always thought the idea of worshipping another human being is kind of wrong. I mean, we are all imperfect. So I guess it would have to take some miracles before I bought it. On the other hand, I do think people need something to put their faith in and as long as nobody is getting hurt or rich from it, then good for them.

mikeb302000 said...

Whenever I hear something about another religion that provokes my cynicism, I quickly remind myself of the incredible things I was taught as a kid (raised Catholic).

kiki said...

he's been sitting there so long though and has no facial hair!!

is he related to Bruce Springsteen?

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Mee too! Mom's Irish, dad's Italian. I had no other chioce. Ever since the whole scandal soured me on my religion I NEVER attend church but I make my kids go to CRE (Religious Ed) Someone's got to teach them.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Mee too! Mom's Irish, dad's Italian. I had no other chioce. Ever since the whole scandal soured me on my religion I NEVER attend church but I make my kids go to CRE (Religious Ed) Someone's got to teach them.

Bruce said...

Naaa. Morman is the way to go.....one man, three wives....every night is an orgy.....party on Wayne.

(although the reality of it as seen in "Big Love" makes it not seem that much fun.)