The Buddhist prophecy of the decline and eventual disappearance of the true dharma amuses me most because of the precision with which that has come to happen as accurately foreseen by the buddha. In all my writings whenever I mention Buddha or Buddhism these do not necessarily to connote the implications attached to them by the worldlings who understand nothing about such Buddhist pantheon.
The buddha selflessly taught the dharma after his enlightenment, awakening thousands of disciples. For many years I have meditated on these selfless acts and while we should follow in the same example of being of such great service to mankind we ought to be aware of the hurdles and impediments that come with such a calling.
It is true that currently in the world there are sporadic members of this our family whose spiritual awakening was promised by the buddhas of the past and insured by the merits they have accumulated over the ages. Such seekers come to fruition at this crucial time and age when it has become so rare to find a true teacher.
I remember when I made my first renunciation vividly. I was so lost. I was a Christian by faith but I always wondered what exactly it meant to go to heaven. I kept asking all the people around me on this subject but all I got in return were cold shoulders. Being a sophomore at the time, I was keenly looking a definitive purpose in life, something more substantial as opposed to the normal and ordinary way of life where men are born unknowingly, live unconsciously and die painfully. I sought to understand and attain to something more non-linear than this.
But again I couldn’t expect to find this elusive experience in any organized religion or doctrine if I hadn’t succeeded in finding it in my own, which I considered to be the most civilized.
By Philip Kamau