The first Buddha whom modern Buddhism is based on was a regular human being. He searched and searched for the answers. Then he sat.
And he awoke.
My question is: If he was a normal human being, and he awoke by sitting, why do we think we need to do any differently?
And if he got where he was going — which is where so many of us want to go — by not searching, by not chasing, just by stopping and paying attention… why do we search and chase after what teachers promise to teach us, in hopes of getting what he got?
Why do we search and chase after what he said and did and taught?
If we human beings awake — truly awake — by cutting out interruptions and distractions and having regular direct contact with All That Is, why would we even bother with the teachers, the scriptures, the teachings, the dogmas, the discussions, the critiques… ?
If we awaken by listening to our own hearts… why ask another to tell us what is in our heart? Shouldn’t we develop that listening skill ourselves?
If we awaken by being present with What Is, right in front of us, here and now… why spend our too limited time looking for someone who will direct our attention to what that may be? Shouldn’t we get in the habit of getting real and just being honest with ourselves?
Why not just pay attention to what truly works, and what doesn’t, and then try again next time?
If we awaken by having direct contact with that which is around us… why would we for a moment spend what little precious time that we have, re-routing our attention away from our direct experience… over to a teacher… and then back to our experience?
We are so often deluded, that’s for sure. And we tend to need help, sorting things out.
But it seems to me that good energy, active direct experience, and a sincere willingness and diligence about awakening would be no less of a path than studying and following the teachings of other human beings who seem to think (or at least have been told) they’ve got it all sorted out.
The path of Living What Truly Is, without dogmas, without trappings, without theories, is just different from the established path.
But it’s still good.