That wisdom from my 21-year-old son got me thinking about my chosen spiritual path in the Dzogchen tradition of Buddhism.
As my teacher, Lama Surya Das, is fond of saying, “We are human beings, not human doings.”
I found the video I’ve inserted below with the best interview I’ve seen bringing out the qualities I love in Lama Surya.
The lotus in Buddhism represents the purity and beauty that arises from the mud.
So after 69 years, 7 months, and 14 days of life, I found my spiritual home.
No, I have not literally gone fishin’. In fact, I rank fishing right next to golfing among the things I least like to do. I have never understood why grownups get such satisfaction from outwitting a creature with a brain the size of a fingertip. But gone fishin’ is a phrase in English for taking time…
“If it’s easy, and you know so much about it, are you an enlightened Buddha?”
No one with a sound mind takes on a suicide mission without feeling despair. And despair comes when our we are not heard.
…quieter voices [are] speaking across boundaries for a universal awakening to the oneness of us all.
…we need religion, but we need a religion that unites rather than divides.
…what I’m aiming to promote [is] — a universal spiritual oneness for all of us, welcoming to those who may be seeking refuge from a narrow sense of religion.