What If We Were All Buddhas? This morning, as usual, I was reading to my husband. This week’s book “When the Shoe Fits, Commentaries on the stories of the Taoist mystic Chuang Tzu” by Osho given to me by my friend Etan of Watkins publishing while I was in London, England last October on my way to South Africa.
The book has been a constant platform for contemplation and growth since I picked it up. My husband and I engage in conversations after reading each section, contemplating what the world, mostly our world would look like if we put into practice the principles of Chuang Tzu.
What If We Were All Buddhas?
In “When the Shoe Fits”, Osho speaks about the Ego and how it is wrapped up in thinking that one thing is better than the other. A dualist perspective. Always having to fight to survive. And that spirit is always surrendered to what is. Pure surrendered spirit being referred to as a Buddha and ego as an ordinary man. That being wrapped up in things of the ego creates suffering and war. Both in and outer.
I learned of this long ago when reading “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle. This theology really spoke to me and it still does, however like getting rid of one of your favorite things; leaving a relationship, a job, or moving to a new town, just the thought creates resistance.
For me what happens is my breath begins to shallow, my mind begins to race and because of the discomfort, most of the time, I resist.
But what would my world look like, what would our world look like if we didn’t?
If we all surrendered to spirit and became Buddhas?
First thing that comes to mind is that we wouldn’t have war, or conflict at all because there would be no opposites. Leaders would be unnecessary, winners and losers wouldn’t exist. It seems that everything would be in unity, at peace.
This is a Utopian view of life I know, but what if?
I wouldn’t wake up every morning thinking that I had to do to be better. That I need more to be enough. That this or that person was better, richer or wiser than I. That this or that person wasn’t lesser than. People would just be, nature would just be, but both would live in harmony, surrendered to their purpose, flowing together but never impeding the other.
This is life as Jesus, Muhammad, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, and of course Buddha and many others described. But why after thousands of years and thousands of teachers have shown us “the way” are we still wrapped up in our egos, perpetuating the way that creates the most suffering and resisting “the way” to freedom?
I certainly don’t think that I’m going to figure it out in this short blog, however I at least wanted to pose the question for contemplation, for myself and for you.
So what if we were all Buddhas, what would life look like or what if we just begun in baby steps to incorporate the practices of a more peaceful life.
What would that look like for you, for the world? Where would you begin?
Would love to read your answer in the comments below.