if this is buddhism… intro


IF THIS IS BUDDHISM…

intro

I’ve created this category for posts about my path, my search to find spiritual truth and meaning in the midst of a world that spins on a wobbly axis and arises and fades like dreams…

I call myself a Buddhist; I grew up in a liberal protestant setting, going to a church where the minister was a bit of a hippie. I never even read a Presbyterian catechism until I was in college, and my initial reaction was, “Wait… I signed up for this?”

That cued me to start doing more research before I committed to anything.

One thing that sold me on Buddhism was this entreaty:

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

~ Siddartha Gautama, The Buddha

Permission to question. Priceless.

This category revolves around questions. Each post will be in the form of a question, and I will share the answers as I understand them.

I won’t go into great detail here about how I get my answers, other than to say: lots of meditation. These are very personal understandings. Yes, I call myself Buddhist, while not adhering to a particular tradition or doctrine, other than to say that much of what I share here falls into the category of esoteric secret teachings.

Please join me, please feel free to ask your own questions, and I will do my best to give you a meaningful answer.

If you’re reading this, your journey is part of my journey. Thank you.

Next: “What is an Enlightened Being?”

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5 thoughts on “if this is buddhism… intro

  1. I plan on doing a postaday or postaweek as well. I am inspired by the thought of communicating via another blog on perhaps daily observances. Short but sweet observations. Still learning the ins and outs of blogging. More later.

  2. Hi Leslee, yes I understand that you are on a mission. And I love the mission that you are on. I will learn a lot from reading your post (I’ll start here and catch up I promise :)). And I do appreciate very much all the comments you have left on my posts. There is no inequality, just love between us. And the thought of that brings a smile to my face.

    1. Thank you, Walter! Oh, goodness, please don’t worry about “catching up”! I’m having a very prolific week, and I know your time is limited! you are a treasured friend.
      (Have I ever told you that half the time I almost call you “Art”? Blame it on the email address/website/my weird half-dyslexic brain… If I ever call you that, you’ll know why!)

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