Infection

Pat_RobertsonRecently, Pat Robertson, perennial tele-evangelist and erstwhile Republican presidential candidate, recommended that, if you are surrounded by Buddhist colleagues at work, you should quit or risk becoming ‘infected’.

Although much appreciated, my dear Christian friends need not come to my defense. I am not offended by such declarations, nor does Mr. Robertson merit being taken too seriously, given his penchant for unsubstantiated provocative statements ―after all, his business is show business.

Just as there are four cardinal directions to orient us geographically, observant Buddhists seek to live our lives guided by four spiritual directives: equanimity, compassion, loving-kindness, and rejoicing in the virtue of others. If Mr. Robertson meant to say that such Buddhists preach by example ―and proximity will expose you to the possibility of contagion― then he is right. I pray he is, as that would mean that we are manifesting Right Conduct.

Rest assured, Buddhists do not proselytize. We speak when asked and will share our perspectives if invited to do so, but we do not need, want, or seek to convert you. If you are a good Hindu, a good Jain, a good Jew, a good Christian, a good Muslim, or a good atheist, we rejoice in your virtue.

Mr. Robertson would do well to ‘catch’ a little of that spirit.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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7 Responses to Infection

  1. paul says:

    Oooo a Buddhist smack down. thanks Tashi

  2. Steve Legge says:

    Maybe you should consider running for president? Great rebuff without rebuff. True Buddhism at its best…as I see it. Thank you Tashi. If only I could speak so eloquently as you.

  3. paulfarma says:

    Kudos for Tashi Nyima! PKL

  4. Amanda Sturman says:

    The Buddha did say that although we hold others above ourselves, we should be no push over. And stand up for what is right in the appropriate way. Well done tashi!!! The karma of mind and speech lies with Pat Robertson!

  5. talesfromtheconspiratum says:

    Rightly said Tashi, thank you.

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