Here is a final reflection from the school lessons – how much teaching there is all around the place.
Some of the students hadn’t really got the distinction between a Buddhist and a Buddha. This led to some interesting statements including:
Hey! I never knew there was a real life Buddha here in Cornwall.
How long have you been a Buddha?
and my favorite If I’m going to be anything, then I want to be a Buddha.
So, how to respond. Well, I could carefully try to point out the difference between a Buddha and the followers of the Buddha’s teachings; or I could use it as an opportunity to talk about how everything has the Buddha nature; or I could just enjoy the admittedly unintentional teaching. In fact I did a bit of all three and who knows if any of it made sense.
And it does seem as though there are times when teaching comes a bit like, found art. It doesn’t matter what the original intention was, words and phrases can resonate with something deeper and serve as a direct teaching to be cherished.