The Dalai Lama Wears A Rolex (And Why I Love My Car)
Someone wrote in a few days ago scolding me for posting how much I love my sneakers and my car. They suggested that it goes against my claim to be a Buddhist.
Actually, I'm not a Buddhist.
I'm not sure what I am. Uncertainty used to be very difficult for me because telling myself who and what I am was always comforting. It gave me a sense of belonging. But over time I couldn't justify that illusion any more so I dropped it.
Most of the violence that human beings do to one another come out of beliefs that are held so strongly that we can't let go of them. When something doesn't fit, we need to destroy it. What just happened in Paris is a symptom of this mindset.
I'm also not a monk. I don't wear a robe, and I don't live in a cave.
In any case, the point of a Buddhist point of view is living your own life as it is, here and now, and not denying anything that is really going on just because you don't like it. So every time we judge something is good or bad, we try to simultaneously understand that our judgement isn't real. Judgements are just temporary, a sort of shorthand that we use to help us get through life, but that do not hold any independent truth of their own.
This is why you can be a Buddhist and love cars, and motorcycles, and sex, and hiphop, and shooting guns if that's true for you. The 14th Dalai Lama wears a gold Rolex, just like Big Sean does. The whole point is to stop getting stuck in judgements about who you should be, and what you should be doing — but just be realistic about who you are. This allows you and to react to life in a more easeful, natural manner.
From a more honest position you get to make choices in how you relate to the world. This is why I can be someone that absolutely lusts after vintage Porsches (I do), but I don't have to act on that lust if it doesn't serve me. I'm not sure owning an old beater 911 would make me any happier than I am now, or that I can afford the repair bill.
This is why my only car is an MKVI Golf R. And I love my car.
If you've got a problem with that, I suggest that you examine why that judgement is so important to you, and keep me out of it.