4chapters-deactivated20120809 asked: I feel that you are probably aware of the influence you are having over Tumblr users, particularly young people. I ask that you remain mindful of spreading the Truth, not to muddle false images or quotes into these "sermons", because your sourcing is inaccurate. This is in reference to the images you use of "Buddha", which are actually of Hotei - the fat Chinese deity that Westerners seem to confuse (and market), as Siddhartha Gautama.
It’s funny you should write me about this because I was just thinking someone would feel like correcting me about the image when I was posting it. You are, of course, correct that the image is not of the historical Buddha.
However, I feel as if you are missing the point of the quote. I am not a scholar nor am I a teacher of the histories of spirituality. I am a pilgrim on the path.
You are telling me that this image is not of Buddha. But is Buddha bound to only one image? Historically, scholastically, yes he is. But in essence, the Buddha is boundless emptiness.
This quote and image was more about the path rather than the fact of the history behind it. I do not dispute that it is good to know the history, to know the difference between Gautama Buddha and Hotei. But knowing said difference is just something for the mind, it has little relevance in Eternity.
I am not in the business of dividing the indivisible and labeling it accordingly but rather tearing all my judgements down and burning them in the flame of awareness.
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- vacuous-stare said: The Tao which can be named is not the Eternal Tao. Same goes for Buddism.
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- bomjumaku said: Also the depictions of Buddha transcend completely historical figures such as Siddhartha. Just as the symbol of Christ transcends entirely it’s possible historical embodiment in Jesus.
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- illuminateheartsawaken said: Your response is so beautiful
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- temptingtimeonimpulse said: Everyone is responsible for what they interpret from your posts.
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