Wednesday, January 28, 2015
A friend sent along the statements relating to the six-month withdrawal of a Zen teacher from his post as honcho for the Mountains and Rivers Order because he had "betrayed" his vows by camouflaging his relationship with a woman other than his long-time partner.
Although I have implicitly and explicitly beaten the drum, both within and without, for something akin to a "flawless life" when it came to spiritual efforts, the link my friend sent along left me tired out.
Flawlessness strikes me these days as a flawed notion, however hopeful and bright it may seem on the face of it. It may be inspiring as all get-out and may push a student in whatever field to excellence and a deeper understanding, but, well....
Things are indeed flawless.
Saying so is deeply flawed, a mote in the eye of the beholder ... and a misuse of energy that might be employed better in other ways ... lacing up unlaced shoes, for example.
The Buddha wasn't a Buddhist, and, nor, should sincere students get sidetracked or bamboozled.
I can hear the 'discussion' sabers being rattled in a variety of sheaths.
Sabers need to be carried.
Carrying stuff is not my best thing these days.