Monday, March 1, 2010
People's preconceived ideas of what Buddhism is or isn't is actually a source of great humor for me. Practicing Buddhists are seen, at least in many minds, as peaceful, stoic, and deeply thoughtful, but I'm here to tell you, 'that ain't me'. My wife often chides me about being the most un-Buddhist Buddhist that she has ever known; of course I think I'm the ONLY Buddhist she has ever known for what it's worth.
Being a Buddhist, in my very uninformed opinion, does not make you emotionless, its exactly the opposite. Emotions are very intense and well-felt. When I'm happy, I'm happy; when I feel saddened by something, I'm sad. It's that simple. I think the difference is that I don't carry those emotions around with me for days on end, letting them dictate my thoughts and actions. Emotions are like a house-guest, when they're present they get all of your attention, and when they leave… they're gone.
As far as being 'deeply thoughtful' is concerned… not so much :)