Professor Richard Gombrich, who dedicated 40 years of hislife to studying Buddhism and Pali language at Oxford University, shares hisunderstanding of Buddhism.
When I say I’m a Buddhist, it doesn’t mean I’m purer andnicer than others. But it means I have too much ignorance and mental defilementto remove. I need Buddhas' wisdom.
When I say I’m a Buddhist, it doesn’t mean I have morewisdom than others. But it means I have been occupied by too much arrogance. Ineed to learn to be humble and to develop a broader perspective.
When I say I’m a Buddhist, it is not because I am better orworse than others, but because I understand all beings are equal.
When I say I’ma Buddhist, I know I only love those to my taste, but Buddha loves even peoplehe does not like, guiding them to be full of wisdom and compassion. That’s why Ichoose to follow Buddha’steachings！
When I say I’m a Buddhist, it is not with the goal ofgetting what’s in my interest. But for letting go of my personal clinging toall worldly desires.
When I say I am a Buddhist, it is not because I pursue asmooth life. But for the calm acceptance of impermanence, and be calm andconfident like a king in any adverse circumstances.
When I say I am a Buddhist, I do not mean to manipulateothers with the motivation of self-interest. But with good use of wisdom, tobenefit self and others while being empathetic to all sentient beings.
When I say I am a Buddhist, it is not because I want toescape from the world and pursue nothingness. But to know everyday life iswithin Dharma, and to live in the present is to practice.
When I say I am a Buddhist, it does not mean that my lifewill no longer experience setbacks.
But with the Dharma, setbacks are transformed into a causefor my growth.
When I say I am a Buddhist, my heart is filled with endlessgratitude. Just thinking I was born as a human and have the ability to practicein this life, with the opportunity to meet wise teachers and hear the Buddha'steachings, I am deeply moved by this unbelievable karmic affinity.
When I say I am a Buddhist, it is not because there is a Godoutside me. But that I find the true Buddha-nature of my own heart.
Just half an hour of interviews clearly reflected the hypocrisy part of myheart.
As an eighty-year-old professor and Buddhist, hedevotes almost all of his retirement salaries and energy into the Oxford Centrefor Buddhist Studies he launched. His pure spirit, just as silkworm’s keepingwork to death while last silk ended, deeply touched me.
Professor's father Sir Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, was a very famous books，translated into Chinese, are textbooks in many major Chinauniversities today.
Professor Gombrich founded Oxford Center for Buddhist Studies, which is aRecognized Independent Centre of Oxford University ("OCBS"). Sincethen,professor contributed his time and his earnings for this center, withoutany compensations. OCBS's website: www. ocbs.org is a rich resource for worldwide Buddhistscholars.Professor Gombrich has also designed a Pali course for Chinese students andwrote a text book "Pali Course Book" for Chinesestudents, which isbeing translated into Chinese.
“I’m already close to death“ ,The open-minded sound of his voice and hiscompassion shocked me again since he promised to contribute his remaining daysto spreading Buddhist culture.
His incisive Buddhist insight, humility despite his good reputation anddedicated efforts interpreted and illustrated for us his spirit as a trueBuddhist