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I just tell people I'm Buddhist. If they want to draw their own conclusions, come to their own assumptions, or ask their own questions, that's up to them. I know what I mean. That's what matters.
I can't be there to nursemaid everyone's thought processes or understanding of me. Until they clarify where their curiosity lies, I cannot assume they know any more about me from that statement than they did before.
If they have a mindset and particular view of me, that's up to them to clarify. Not me.
I can't un-muddy their picture if I don't know what their picture looks like to begin with.
The only way you can clarify peoples' impressions, is if you know what their impressions first are.
Many people think, for example (the moment you mention 'Buddha') that he's the fat, sitting, laughing guy, which of course couldn't be further from the truth. As the Founder of this forum originally explained to those unaware of the Buddha - "We don't worship the fat guy!"
People misconstrue all kinds of things. But until they clarify - neither can we.
LOLOLOL Thank you.l I needed that.
Seriously, though. I needed that. Im not in a good mood at the moment and cant sleep.