In my cube I have a sign on a sheet of paper that reads, “Be a Buddha. Empty of desire, full of peace, at one with the Universe.” It’s the first thing you see when you enter. Invariably I get asked, “Are you Buddhist?” “Well, no, I’m not, I just like the saying”, I reply. It’s a reminder that I have a choice.
On Friday, someone remarked that Buddhist monks don’t eat spiced foods because they don’t want to arouse the senses. I told him that would definitely be one of the reasons I couldn’t be Buddhist. I love my senses. I love the dance and drama of life. I enjoy experiencing passion and even sorrow. I really believe that there must be another way. I mean, why incarnate as a human, but spend your time denying the human experience or detaching from it?
Do you have to lose your senses to experience enlightenment and bliss?