Q. Could it be that Buddha’s followers have misinterpreted his teaching and therefore lead people into greater confusion and suffering?

A. This question can be applied not only to Buddhism but also to all other religions, and no one can deny the likelihood of this being the case. Each of us makes his or her judgements depending on what he or she is. That’s why there are various religions and even diverse interpretations of the same scriptures. People can only understand within the limits of their own capacity.

What is certain is that Buddhism is not a religion that induces people into begging for happiness from an imaginary deity that does not exist but a religion that helps them to realise the fact that they are happiness itself and perfection itself, by enabling them to see things as they are. That is why the historical Buddha said to his students, “He who tries to see me through shapes and sounds cannot see me”, and ancient masters advised their students to kill the Buddha upon meeting him, in order to prevent people from idolising the image of Buddha.

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