What Is Buddhist?

As a Follower of Buddha Shakyamuni, the first question arise in my mind is what is Buddhist?  

 

Buddha Shakyamuni after Buddhist or after something else? 

 

With my limited beginner learning Buddhist, I would like to share some words. As a Tibetan, I was born in a Buddhist family, I feel happy to be born as a Buddhist but only content to be Buddhist is not enough, I need to find out what is there in Buddhist? 

 

Asking the questions like why? who and where? asking a question is taken as very praise situation even in the Buddha's time. When great disciples ask questions, Buddha always praises them, since asking the questions makes our devotion strong and wisdom grows.

 

So, why I am a Buddhist? 

 

Not eating meat? even many vegetarians who think about their health don't eat meat but they have no connection with Buddhism or compassion, they are not eating meat since they want to be healthy. 

 

So, why I am a Buddhist? 

 

Not playing in the night? even many people who don't have enough time or money don't play or visit Bars or playground in the night.

 

So, why I am a Buddhist? 

 

Not killing, even many people including myself has no any guts to kill anyone but doesn't make us Buddhist.

 

So, why I am a Buddhist? 

 

Sitting in one place for a long time? If that's the Buddhist and that's the meditation then many birds are Buddhist and many birds are good meditators.

 

So, why I am a Buddhist? 

 

Chanting every day, even a parrot can chant every day if we teach them so does that makes us Buddhist? 

 

So, why I am a Buddhist? 

 

Wearing red or white clothes? even many actors wear these clothes in movies but are they Buddhist?

 

So, why I am a Buddhist?  

 

Shaved hair? even many people shave hair when the weather is too warm but are they Buddhist?

 

So, why I am a Buddhist? 

 

Joining a Buddhist community or group or running after great masters?  even many rich people who have lots of time do that for fun but are they Buddhist?

 

So, why I am a Buddhist? 

 

I have been asking this question again and again.

 

Finally, I have come to the conclusion that I am Buddhist because I take refuge in Four Gem:

 

Guru, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

 

I am Buddhist because Bodhicitta compassion is the seed of Buddha Dharma which can benefit countless Sentient Beings.

 

I am Buddhist because I have a mission to take all the Sentient Beings to the path of Enlightenment. 

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