The Happy Buddha’s Blog
“I’m like so into Buddhism; it’s my only religion.” Anonymous follower
It’s nice having a whole religion named after you
but you’d think someone would ask What’s he really like?
If he lived a life of contemplation and deprivation
how come he’s fat in some pictures?
Of course I look content, after all Nirvana is Nirvana.
But I know what you’re thinking
why not take the middle way
not let myself get overweight?
You know what it’s about?
People come to me
give me love offerings, lots of them.
I get flowers, berries, fruits and nuts
veggies raw and cooked
bread and cakes
oh those cakes, every day.
Who am I to say no?
People bring a cake
you don’t say No. That’s not my favorite cake.
You eat it.
So I spent years meditating and teaching
I made it to Nirvana.
I’m here now, very present
so there’s a lot of me here and now
but people don’t ask about the whole me.
They see the grin, they want to get here too.
If they’d ask about my weight I could explain
I’d feel like they knew the real me.
I guess I have to let it go.
Even in Nirvana I still have work to do.
That Dharma Path
full of surprises.