One of the Buddhist bloggers I follow wrote something the other day that bothered me. Without going into detail, I’ll just say, he isn’t a “fan” of some other spiritual teachers. It wasn’t the first time he called these people out, so maybe that’s why it got my attention.
After reflecting on it, I’ve come to the conclusion that it wasn’t what he wrote that bothered me — he was actually shining a light on my own behavior. How many times do I believe “my way” is the right way? How many times do I cringe when I hear someone say they are Born Again Christian, thinking the only reason they told me is because they’re planning to convert me? I’m guilty of judging others who think differently from me much too often and reading this person’s post reminded me of that.
There are many different spiritual beliefs I don’t resonate with, but that doesn’t make them any less valid for someone else. It’s not my place to judge someone’s religion, spiritual practice or non-belief. If I want to take my Buddhist practice seriously then I’m better off remaining open to all the different ways we express ourselves and how we live our lives.
Instead of getting upset with this blogger, I will thank him for pointing out my own transgressions.