Buddhism is not temples and bells
It is not statues of the Buddha or of the Bodhisattvas.
Buddhism is not mala beads and garments.
It is not the things we sew onto our clothes.
Buddhism is not incense or just Dharma names .
Buddhism is how we live our lives.
It is what we think and how we speak and what we do.
Buddhism is the Four Truths, the Eightfold Path,
The Three Marks of Existence,
and Dependent Origination.
Buddhism is Compassion and Wisdom.
The Buddha did not create a religion, an ‘ism.’
The Buddha offered tools.
He did not offer a game
where we dress up in weird clothing
and take on strange names and speak in odd way.
He did not create a place
to hide from the world
and engage in fantasy role-playing.
The tools where, and are, offered for
the discovery, the understanding,
and the living of Truth, Reality .