“What do you want me to bring you,” asked my wife from Hilton Head where she was spending a week with some girlfriends and a cold she had contracted there. “Anything except the cold,” I said.
When she arrived home yesterday, she had a beautiful Buddha carved out of wood, and I realized that my house was becoming a Buddha Sanctuary. I will never buy another Buddha; they are coming to me on their own free will.
“Two of my friends got worried when they saw me buy this Buddha,” she said as we settled down to share stories of our week. Both were devout Christians, and they feared their friend was slipping over into the enemy camp where idols were worshipped. It was time for an intervention, they thought. “Nothing came of it but amusement,” my wife said.
And yet, I encounter these phenomena at least once a week here in the Buddha Sanctuary. It’s the fallacy of misplaced location, as I remember some philosopher’s words. The mind believes God is a form, because the mind can only think through form or thought, and since god, according to the mind, is a form, there can only be one form that is God. Being locked in a thought as an object with limitations and conditioning is prison. Buddha called it suffering.
God is formless and we are made in His image, therefore, in our essential nature we are formless spirit or pure consciousness. When we judge others as being this or that, good or bad, our judgment strengthens our own prison sentence. The eye that sees a prison is in prison.
From the perspective of spirit, there are no idols and no prisons because every form points to God, the formless absolute that is prior to all form or creation. My Buddhas all remind me of this truth, because Buddha is not a person or form but the state of formlessness and freedom that we all already are. From this perspective Buddha and Christ are the same truth just seen from different angles—the statue and the cross just point.
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This post was written by ed on September 30, 2007