dude wrote:To hear about the Three Treasures and hide them from others is to be a spiritual miser, selfish and wholly without compassion.
"keeping your Buddhism private" and "hiding the Three Treasures from others. " are not the same thing.
One can reveal their dharma practice in their deeds and never say a word about the Three Treasures.
But to withhold teachings, or to lie about it if one is asked, that is a different matter.
But generally, Buddhists don't proselytize.
So it's not a matter being selfish at all.
Declarations are empty if not backed up by actions.
So why bring it up if nobody asks?
Yet, if through your actions, you share the dharma with everyone
then very few words are needed.
A person can have a lot of compassion and benefit many beings
without telling them all about what kind of religious trip they are into.
If you go around telling people "I am a Buddhist"
then, by implication, you are telling them, "I am a good
Nobody announces, "I am a Buddhist" meaning "I am a terrible Buddhist".
Isn't this just boasting?
If it's a matter of, say,
wanting to sit in the break room at lunch and chant mantras with prayer beads,
as a result, everybody you work with thinks you are a little loopy
then what you are saying is, "Buddhists are weird, and Buddhism is weird."
Because you can't just be concerned about what happens in your own thoughts.
if you have compassion, then you have to be concerned with what is going on in other peoples heads as well.
If you give everybody the impression that Buddhism is some kind of cult,
isn't this the same as spreading a falsehood?
If you wear a wrist mala,
people might think it's a bracelet
and others may ask you if it is is something else.
In that case, you are leaving the door open to inquiry
and if you are ready to answer everybody's questions, that's fine.
Then tell people about Buddha.
but if you aren't, then what will you do?
This doesn't have anything to do with miserliness.
Look at a rabbit. When a rabbit sees a dog, it doesn't move at all.
He isn't denying
that he is a rabbit. He is protecting
being a rabbit.
This isn't selfishness.
This is wisdom.