I’m a member of a few online communities focused on the practice of the Buddha’s teachings and have come to the conclusion that many people participate in such forums more for their own self-aggrandizement than for any other (legitimate) purpose.
I don’t post a lot on these forums… partially because I once noticed my own predilection toward the same behavior, and also because I do not consider myself qualified to talk on every subject that comes up. Fact is, sometimes it is just better to keep quiet and let people who think they know something do the talking — even when they may not really know so much as they think. I tend to not add my two cents to the conversation unless it is actually worth more than that.
I feel like some use spirituality as a badge of honor of sorts… This is a factor in why my blog has suffered over the last year — I really don’t want to sound like a braggart, or like I’m pushing my views on others, and I’m very well aware that I don’t really know very much. I have no interest in being a role model for anyone but my children, and even then, I’m no perfected being.
In other words: If I have ever written something that you found insightful, I’m glad. If not, I’m still glad. Either way, I hope you found some sort of amusement in reading, and if you didn’t, I hope you closed your browser window before you got too bored at least.
I feel sadness for anyone devoted to spiritual practice for the purpose of gaining the praise of others, as they will never attain meaningful peace in their lives. I want others to find that peace — I don’t really care if one is called a Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, or whatever. When we interact with others, we have the choice to either focus on praising ourselves (and potentially disparaging others) or praising others. By which is a greater happiness obtained?
May you be well, friends. Thank you for reading.