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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Charly Boy: “Why I’m A Buddhist & Take My Siesta Inside A Coffin”

No, I no dey suck human blood, I no
be general overseer for illuminati, I
no dey Ogboni or for cult, e don
doooooooo. You People no go kill me
with laugh for Naija. The way eyes
dey red now, you go think say Apollo
catch dem. Many guys dey write me
say dem wan join illuminati, Cheai,
there is Godoooo. I dey sure say the
church buildings wey dey Nigeria
pass our population. So called men
of god wey dey town don dey
assume the proportion of China. All
looking for their next Mugu. Una no
see me joor.
I have been queried a lot about my
faith these days. Do I believe in
God? Do I believe in Jesus? Do I pray
and to who or what? I guess for
many, they probably cannot wrap
their minds around my spirituality.
Am sure some people even think say
I be native doctor as na only me dey
take siesta inside coffin when I
never die. No vex, na my life and I
dey rock-am anyhow, no homo.
Some people dey form good
Christians because dem wan go
heaven, me I just dey denge dey
pose because am living my own
small heaven right here on this earth
for this Nigeria. I no wan wait till I
die. Even some of my Muslim
brothers wey wan fast track dem
own dey even do suicide bombing.
Na only Naija Christains wey dey fear
death yet dem all wan go heaven.
Haba.
Most Nigerians who have heavily
invested in their Christianity believe
that the concept of any other faith
should be considered false. So how
do I start to speak to narrow-minded
Christians to understand that
Buddhism is a wholesome practice
for everyone, even the Christians
themselves? Take some time out
and research, go to Google, you will
for sure see so many books on the
topic, where Buddhism and
Christianity agree in philosophy; in
fact, with some of the key factors of
most world religions. Also, the best
of the Bible and Buddhism both
converge on the areas of ethics,
kindness, giving, and love.Too many
practitioners of all faiths focus on the
rewards at the end of our journey,
when the rewards and purpose are
the journey itself according to the
teaching of Buddha. While I may not
be a religious person, I believe in
Jesus/Christianity, I do not deny it.
While I do not believe in the afterlife
as Christians do, if those who follow
it embody the qualities of Jesus in
the here and now, then I embrace
their practice as successful and
good. While Buddhism is a faith of
self-realization in the practice of
here and now. Christianity is a
practice for the afterlife of God's
revelation.
No matter how my Naija Christian
brothers dey see God, my own way
different. I see our Creator as one
that does not interfere with the
world in which we live, but only
touches the heart of man to let him
know He (God) is there. It is up to
man to make his volitional choices
using his free will, and making his
own happiness. The story of Job tells
of the story of a faithful man who is
beset by all sorts of misfortune, but
he "chooses" to keep his faith. While
Jesus performed miracles and taught
His Gospel, He always presented His
parables as tools/models for His
followers to make their own choices
towards happiness. Buddha does the
same as Jesus, but without the need
to exclude the idea of other faiths.
The Buddha said for us to always
question, practice and see the truth
by the fruits of our efforts. If a
Christian can grow and develop his
faith by adding the tools of the
Buddha, then I see it as a damn
good thing. I don find my direction to
heaven, make you find ya own
abegi.
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