Challenged on my heebie-jeebie reaction, I will honor the challenge by my honest and very personal thoughts, just gleaned after an hour of sitting:
– I got painfully hurt (? allowed myself to get hurt, I still don’t know) a long time ago by two individuals calling themselves “Buddhists.” I still have (evidently) lots of emotional charge there.
– My dad was a name dropper – something about saying one is a Buddhist reminds me of this quality of his. In addition, I have a reflex reaction generally to anything hinting of arrogance (at 58, still have my counter-culture antiestablishment self in there ready to go!)
– the name Buddhism, to my perceptions, appears to be another glittering and distracting jewel on the already difficult to recognize ego and therefore another means of self-delusion, the opposite of awareness – why use the name?
Thanks for challenging me, it’s been disturbing, which I have found is a good thing!
Now, Karmadorje and newzdude76, I will ask you, on the proposition that questions stem from one’s own perceptual view of the world, and interested to know who you are, why did you ask?