We call ourselves Buddhist. We always think that we need to go to a monastery, take refuge, make connections with high lamas , practice meditation, wear robes, do three-year retreat, etc.
Actually the point is more simple: All we need is one person, he or she, who is able to free our deluded mind. If the personal connection with that person can fix our mind, whether he or she is a Buddhist or Christian, religious or secular, that person who can really fix our mind is the buddha !
Don’t make your beliefs so solid. Even at the time of Buddha the followers connected directly to the Buddha himself. No colors, no big temples, no ceremonies; just person to person. So what you need is to find a person who has life experience and spiritual qualification that can fix your mind. That’s all you need. Take your time and be patient, that’s the key.
If you want to fall into more confusion there are many masters who will mess you up easily, for sure it will work, but for me confusion is not an option.
[Title photo by Richard A. Heckler]