Dharma VS Buddhism

A friend of mine made an interesting observation which I find myself agreeing with quite a bit. She said that she was very much in agreeance with the Dharma, but maybe not so much with Buddhism. The more I think about it, the more I find myself echoing that sentiment.

The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Noble Path make complete sense to me, and I find they enhance my journey through life, regardless of what name that path has been given – if any. But Buddhism itself, with all it’s intricacies – rituals, practises, varying schools of practise and the constant "debate" between said schools – well I’m kind of over it to be honest. I don’t have the energy or patience to contemplate the hidden meanings of a belief or path anymore. I don’t need to go on some sort of quest or go through trials to prove my worth to a belief, God/dess/Creator/Universe. To be blunt, Fuck that for a joke.

Maybe I’m just a grumpy bitch now that I’m getting older. Maybe I’m more impatient than before (and that’s a strong possibility). And maybe I don’t have time for bullshit anymore.

Regardless of which one I am, I’m more inclined to see myself as a follower of the Dharma rather than a practicioner of Buddhism. And that suits me just fine.

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