You’ve heard the story of Buddha’s raft, haven’t you? The Buddha is said to have taught:
“I shall show you how the Dharma is similar to a raft, being for the purpose of crossing over, not for the purpose of grasping…”
I wasn’t sure how to draw this cartoon. The Dharma is the teaching. So, I could have used “belief” or “theology” or “faith”, but instead I chose to use the “church” because of all it represents and so many people would identify with it.
So this is positive. Many assume I hate the church because I critique it and don’t attend one. On the contrary, the church has done a great deal for me, and I’m grateful. I wouldn’t be where I am without it. The same as belief.
I have learned that it was all for the purpose of crossing over, and not for grasping.