I must add that I myself received many years ago, in Thailand, death threats if in my public speech I would talk about Buddha… which of course I did!
Before I start writing about what the title suggests. I want to make very clear that this is not an attack or criticism on Buddhism. I myself have studied Buddhism to an excessive degree and have taken benefit from its teachings. I also hold Siddharth Guatama, later to become known as the Buddha (“Enlightened One”) in high esteem and would put him on the level of prophets (Nabi, not Rasul).
The reason I believe such an article is necessary is because I have come across just too many people, colleagues and friends, who have the most skewed and really ignorant understanding of Buddhism, often describing it as something that it is not nor ever will be.
The goal of this article is to prove to you that perspective is the only thing that counts. It can turn something ugly into something beautiful. It can make a king look like a pauper. It can make Islam look like a war-mongering religion and Buddhism look like a tranquil lily pond with no interest in worldly affairs whatsoever, least of all fighting (or even God forbid, killing) other human beings.