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Buddha's Love

eggsavioreggsavior Illinois, USA Explorer

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 <3

Comments

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Hi @eggsavior

    In the preparatory practices before meditation in Tibetan Buddhism we're encouraged to visualise the Buddha and the Merit field in front of us and then imagine rays of light coming from the Buddha into us.

    The idea is that we're inviting the actual omniscient Buddha into the room with us.

    This may be something you could explore as it's helped me feel a closer connection to him in my life.

    http://thubtenchodron.org/2011/06/meditation-ritual/

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche actually says we should visualise the Buddha at our heart all day every day so we can continue to make offerings to him throughout the day and night. It's very beautiful!

    Shoshinherberto
  • Omar067Omar067 Veteran

    This is a good question. I don't know the answer to your question but I think that Buddha did receive visitors at times. I don't know if he had one on one conversations with them. Hopefully someone answers your question soon.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    You may also find this Meditation on the Buddha useful

    http://thubtenchodron.org/1993/02/guided-meditation/

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @eggsavior said:
    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

    @eggsavior
    On a personal level I see taking refuge in the three Jewels as follows....

    Refuge in the Buddha (an awakened mind)
    Refuge in the Dharma (the true nature of things)
    Refuge in the Sangha ( like-minded people)

    In a sense one is not taking refuge in a person called the Buddha, (someone separate from themselves) one is taking refuge in one's own awakened mind...

    The Buddha will feel more distant, the further one is away from the truth ie, the "Dharma", once one familiarises themselves with the Dharma one will find The Buddha is always close by :)

    BunksFosdickDhammikalobster
  • ZeroZero Veteran

    @eggsavior said:
    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.

    For me, practice translates into the process of uncovering the personal illusion rather than to communicate with an imaginary person or to attribute a sensation to an imaginary source... in a sense perhaps, learning to communicate honestly with myself.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    For me, part of the benefit of Buddhism has been an increased connection with everyone else. HHDL does this amazingly well, with how he interacts with every person in front of him as if they are the most important person in the world. I don't think Buddha was really about us connecting with him. He didn't want to be seen as a god in that way. But for us to connect with ourselves and let that connection flow out to the world. I'd focus on ways to do that, personally. In the end, it'll have a lot more meaning than a connection to someone who died 2600 years ago.

  • gracklegrackle Veteran

    @eggsavior. I think what you are seeking can be found in Kuan Shih Yin Pusa. Many Asian buddhists I have known would tell you of her great compassion. But there is a fine book by John Blofeld."Bodhisattva of Compassion". Please read it.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Tee Hee. Agree with @Omar067 it is a good question.
    However like much initial Christian Mysticism it is back to front ... :o

    It is not how much 'Buddha or Jesus Loves You'. It is how much you love. <3

    In dharma this is achieved through devotion to the three jewels. In Tantra devotion to the Perfect Guru/Lama/Buddha rep. In chant based Pureland, Nichiren etc, we love 'The Word'. o:)

    Increase in Love as the Sufi Bodhi advise ...
    https://studybuddhism.com/en/buddhism-in-daily-life/what-is/what-is-love

    Fosdick
  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    I think the reason I was so taken by Buddhism is because one of the many books I read when I first had a thirst for more knowledge about Buddhism was Master TNH's biography, Old Path White Clouds. Please, just read it and see what I mean. And I deeply appreciate what @Federica posted above about Jesus. That helps a lot in setting the record straight about the kind of life Jesus led and the romanticizing of him that has been done in modern times.

    Fosdicklobster
  • eggsavioreggsavior Illinois, USA Explorer

    Thanks all for your responses. Tonight and tomorrow I'll be busy with St Patrick's celebration (I'm not going to be straying from the dharma TOO much :p ). I will reply in full tomorrow night or Saturday. It means a lot and you've given me a lot to think about. Namaste to all <3

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    ^^. Bodhi/Daka/St Patrick ridded Ireland of snakes/nagas/pagans. He is a Green Man. An immortalized human like Khidr, Padmasambhava, Yudhishthira, Robin Hood and William Tell. o:)

    Just because they do not exist does not mean

    they do not exist ... on some level ... the inner planes so to speak . . .

    • In heaven there is no beer. That’s why we drink it here!

    • Irish diplomacy is the ability to tell a man to go to hell so that he looks forward to making the trip.

    • ‘Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.’ — Pope John Paul II

    Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit!
    http://metro.co.uk/2016/03/17/st-patricks-day-quotes-irish-quotes-sayings-and-messages-to-share-on-saint-patricks-day-2016-5757824/

  • satcittanandasatcittananda UK Explorer

    I agree with everything that @federica said

    I would only add that the historical buddha never stood for promoting religion, god, god's son, or love, but about relieving suffering in a certain way - which works...

    lobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @satcittananda said:
    - which works...

    This is the only experiential claim, @satcittananda, I, the Sangha and millions of practitioners make:

    Buddhist Dharma works!

    Our open source teachings provide for confirmation of our psychological insight, understanding of the nature of the mind constructs and its limitations.

    We have recommendations: sila, meditation, metta, concentration and extreme haircuts. :glasses:

    We do not guarantee liberation but many of us have tasted the fruits. We have entered the stream and are on The Way ... o:)


    https://spiritofrebellion.wordpress.com/tag/metta/

  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited March 19

    ^^. Bodhi/Daka/St Patrick ridded Ireland of snakes/nagas/pagans.

    Ay caramba, Our beloved grammar nerd may be on temp vacation. Should have said 'rid'. :3

    Talking of Dharma punks and our moderator ...
    Time for a reminder on the levels of insight, before trolls, the combative and others get their wishes fulfilled ... Bless!
    https://tinyurl.com/kotrudx

    As some know I do feed the trolls ... I like to fatten them up for when they get invited to the nearest hell realm of their own making. o:)
    http://www.strippingthegurus.com/stgsamplechapters/trungpa.html
    It is the loving thing to do. LOL <3

    For most of us beginners, manifesting the wrathful nature of love hurts only us. Therefore it must be used very compassionately, sparingly and skilfully. o:) Are we there yet?

    Big, boots ... always available. Are you ready?

    Adopt a demon today ... they are just masked metta ;)
    http://www.khandro.net/deities_wrathful.htm

    We never gets to keep a pet troll for long ... :cry:

    "He alone has the right to break,
    for he alone has the power to mend.
    He that knows how to sew together
    knows how to tear apart:
    whatever He sells,
    He buys something better in exchange.
    He lays the house in ruins;
    then in a moment
    He makes it more liveable than before."

    Rumi, Mathnawi I, 3882

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