Killing the Buddha
Melody Beattie

  

If you see Buddha, kill him.

-Zen koan

For the first several hundred years after the Buddha died, there were no images of him.  Only his dharma, or teachings, were passed on from generation to generation.  Eventually, however, the people wanted an image to remind them of their ideal, and that's when and how Buddha statues came to be.

The good thing about having statues of Buddha is they remind followers of the ideals they're striving for in their lives.  The difficult thing about Buddha statues is that people may be tempted to idolize the statue, and forget to seek the state of consciousness the Buddha represented.

It's easy for us to idolize our mentors and teachers, the people who encourage us and help us to grow.  It can be easy to look around us and think others have the key to enlightenment, success, joy.

Stop idolizing other people.

Look in the mirror.

You have everything you need to learn your lessons, grow, achieve success.  You have all the courage you need to fail, then try again.  You have everything you need, within you, to live and follow your own path with heart.

Not only are you right where you need to be, but you can get wherever you want to go from here.  And you and I have all the power we need to learn the lessons we came here to learn.

God, teach me that all I need is within me.
  
  

More Language of Letting Go
Melody Beattie once again distills her compassionate insight on how to nurture spiritual and emotional health and recovery. With her attention turned to relationships and all the joys and challenges they create, the author's reflections give voice to the thoughts and feelings common to men and women in recovery.

  
   

Ultimately all idolatry is worship of the self projected
and objectified:  all idolization is self-idolization.

Will Herberg

  


 
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