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As much as Buddhism has helped me there is something I've noticed that bugs me. The contexts surrounding his love and compassion are always universal. While this is great sentiment I sometimes wish for something more personal. I am attracted to how Jesus is depicted in a personal fashion. I feel like people can communicate to him and feel his love one-on-one so to speak. But the Buddha feels more distant. Maybe this is because I am a Westerner. And I have barely scraped the surface with my own learning and practice.
Are there any sutras or texts pertaining to connecting with Buddha as an individual? I guess I am having issues taking refuge in him particularly. I understand the dharma and sangha. But he feels out of reach. I know he loves everyone, but I am very hard on myself and the usual brand of universal love cannot circumvent my self critiques. I would like to see something about him loving us as individuals, speaking to us singularly instead of as a collective whole. I think this would help me since I have found focusing on the Buddha is easiest for me, whether it's a visualization or something else. I mirror back what he is capable of. If he loves me then I can love myself. Sorry if this is confusing haha.
Thanks to everyone in advance