I despair that Unitarian Universalism seems to have plunged into the same us-and-them-ness as our culture at large
My spiritual life takes two interconnected (aren’t they all?) paths. I’ll discuss the Buddhist one, the Unitarian Universalist one, and how they connect.
In each moment, we can use our free will to take a non-dual, compassionate view or submit to the karma that tends to pull us toward self-and-other.
When we classify problems as too big for any one individual, we are reinforcing a false dualism. The “other” is not solving them fast enough.
The more time we spend rejecting who we are, the further we get from the Buddha within. The more time we spend accepting who we are, the closer we get to staying in what you might call the Buddha zone forever.
Although my visual memory is close to nonexistent, in real time I follow my monkey mind, which responds to what it sees. But I am not my mind just as I am not my body. I don’t need to let a monkey lead me.
My spiritual practice is to live as much of my life as I can as the knower, the observer. That’s where my heart-mind is. That’s where my compassion is, for myself and for others. That’s where I can live in the moment. That’s where I know I am not distinct from others. That’s the seat of my wisdom.
Ani Choying Drolma, who is Nepalese, has become famous as a meditative singer and musician in much of the world, but we in the United States know little of her.
…while I’m in that state, I’m enlightened, and the more I’m there, the more enlightened I become.
…stay tuned for more on Dzogchen and Lama Surya as well as other Buddhist disciplines and progressive approaches to Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and spirituality in general.
Finding your teacher is like finding a spouse…. [I]f this ornery old man could at last find a teacher, so can you.
I am not a perfectionist. If you are, this column may make your head spin. Sorry.