Religion is something I don’t really like to speak on because in today’s world everyone seems to have their own opinion about someone else’s beliefs. So just to put everything on the table, no I don’t believe in a single religion. It’s not because I have anything against them it’s just my own beliefs and a part of who I am. I’ve always felt that religion tears people apart from the real purpose of our existence; the well beings of every living organism on this planet. Just because someone doesnt believe in a “god” it doesnt make them any less of a person than you. The real reason for our existence is to love one another deeply, not to have some belief tear us apart.
Although I don’t believe in a single religion, I still believe there is something to learn from each of them. If you look at most of the religions across the world, most value the same principles at it’s core; peace, love, and happiness. But somehow the important values get misconstrued when a religion feels superior against another, that’s when the hate comes and tears something that at it’s core has a beautiful meaning behind it. But regardless of the negativity, we have to come to a point where we can learn and respect every religion in the world, regardless of what it does to people.
For about the last 6 months I’ve been studying the Buddhist philosophy (No Buddhism is not really a religion it’s more of a philosophy/spirituality). I gravitated towards the philosophy simply because I had already started to apply some of the fundamentals of the culture to my own personal life. ‘The Study of One-Self” as the Buddhist like to call it, is something I’ve been working on all for about a year now. I wanted to learn how look around me and notice the beauty that surrounded me. I wanted to become more aware of my life. Often we get caught up in the un-important aspects of life that we forget to truly enjoy the beauty around us. And most importantly I wanted to study myself.
Lodro Rinzler is one of the first authors I came across when studying Buddhism. What made his style of writing stand out to me was that he wasn’t someone who was trying to force something upon the reader, he’s just a regular guy expressing his thoughts about something that has helped him become an overall better human being. Lodro understands that we’re nowhere near perfect and we all mess up from time to time, but the important thing is to look at one-self (through the help of meditation) and understand our mistakes in order for us to grow mentally and spiritually. Lodro’s first book I picked up was The Buddha Walks into a Bar and I automatically fell in love with it:
This isn’t your grandmother’s book on meditation. It’s for you. That is, assuming you like to have a beer once in a while, enjoy sex, have figured out that your parents are crazy, or get frustrated at work. It’s a book that doesn’t put Buddhism on some pedestal so that you have to look up to it. It’s about looking at all the book and crannies of your life and applying Buddhist teachings to them, no matter how messy that may be. – From the introduction.
It was phenomenal from start to finish. So through the process of reading this book I learned a little more about meditation and began to apply it towards my own life. Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you meditation changed me to a completely different person, but the wonderful thing about meditation was that I became more aware of everything. I’d go by the lake by my house to meditate and just sit there, simply enjoying the beauty. I was able to clear my conscious mind and learn to think clearly without having my thoughts consume me entirely. It was wonderful and the book was definitely a great tool to help me learn more about Buddhism and about myself.
A couple weeks later I picked up Walk Like a Buddha and again Lodro Rinzler did a phenomenal job explaining the many questions people have that come when a person is studying spirituality and Buddhism like:
How can I be the person I want to be when I’m stuck in a job I hate? How is it possible to stay present in an era of nearly constant distractions? Can I pick someone up at a bar or club and still call myself spiritual?
Walk Like a Buddha is a great book to get a deep understanding of how we can apply the buddhist methods towards our own life so that we can become more compassionate, loving, and caring individuals. It’s a very spiritual book, but it never makes you feel as if you’re following a religion. The purpose is to teach individuals how to walk like a buddha through wisdom. In a world filled with constant chaos, it’s good to become grounded and really understand what matters in this world. So through all the questions a person might have about becoming more spiritual in life while managing the life of today, Londro Rinzler does a perfect job answering all questions that might come from when a person is studying themselves in order to become a better person.
Walk Like A Buddha and The Buddha walks into a Bar are two books I definitely recommend for those interested in the spirituality aspect of life. Not necessarily religious, but something that allows you to look at yourself and really help you become an over all better human being. It’s important to learn from within because it is the only method to really learn and understand what our purpose here on this earth is.
Read and enjoy a different a different aspect because there’s something to learn from everyone. Let me know what you guys think about the book! Do you have any book recommendations with a spiritual aspect? If so, please feel free to share them with me, I’m always looking to read different aspects of life.
Check out here how meditation really transformed me into becoming more aware.