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.
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.
I believe people wanting to become Buddhists, or Buddhas, should study his teachings in the light of his own time and culture and draw from them what they need today to awaken and lead satisfactory lives.
Many of us in the worldwide blogosphere need to research, write, create art, spread ideas at the same time that we consume all of the above. Others focus on creating, or on taking it in.
Buddhism teaches that impermanence is a pre-configured part of life, but judging from our experience some lives and some times are more impermanent than others.
Co-meditation brings you together and overcomes your selfness. I found success with this technique once in a dining hall during a silent retreat.
…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.
I don’t believe in an external deity who watches over sparrows and me, but I do believe in a force that connects sparrows and me and everything else.
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.