Buddha, Jesus and Confusion about Sagacity

Your image of a sage might include white robes, long beards, and sitting cross-legged under a tree.

Confusion blocks your path and limits your impact.

Buddha, Jesus and confusion about sagacity:

Did the Buddha withdraw? His story says he meditated for seven days under a Bodhi tree or ‘tree of wisdom’. (Victoria and Albert Museum) But he didn’t stay under the tree waiting for the world to beat a path to him.

After enlightenment the Buddha traveled and taught for 45 years.

Did Jesus withdraw? His story includes 40 days of fasting and all-night prayer vigils. (Matthew 4:1-11) But he didn’t stay in the wilderness. He went around teaching and meeting needs.

Share your sagacity:

If you know where the bread is, then tell someone.

If you’ve tried-failed-and-learned, then for crying out loud, speak up. Everyone is a sage to someone. An older sister is a sage when she teaches a younger brother how to climb a tree.

If you’ve overcome an obstacle or succeeded in some small way, then share your solution.

Go or wait:

Students need initiative, but sages shouldn’t sit under the Bodhi tree.

Sages need to proclaim their value and be available like Buddha and Jesus.

A seventh grader:

Everyone is a sage to someone.

After watching our grandson (7th grade) play basketball, I said, “I can help you play better.” He leaned in and gave me his complete attention. He watched closely while I drew on a piece of paper.

  1. We both enjoy basketball.
  2. I’ve played much more basketball than he has.
  3. He believes I have his best interest in mind.
  4. I spoke from the voice of experience.
  5. I told him – with confidence – I can help.

When you see an issue, try saying, “I think I can help.”

What have you learned from experience that has made your leadership better?

How might a sage overcome reluctance to share wisdom?

Bonus material:

6 Ways to Recognize a Wise Leader (Thinkers50)