If you are interested in Zen Buddhism I would suggest:I guess I'm posting this as much as anything so that others can know how far off-base I am.
- Do your very, very best not to teach anyone. In that way, your teaching may turn out to be worth something.
- Be patient. Study, read, and most of all, practice: It is hard to imagine when starting out, but practice will always outstrip anything you "know." Build the practice experience with a firm, persistent kindness.
- When it comes to kids, I guess everyone comes up with his or her own program. Mine, with three children, may have been summed up in the thought, "I am not interested in creating 'good Buddhists;' I would prefer to help create 'good people.'" I may not have done a very good job, but that doesn't mean I was wrong.
- Don't trouble yourself too much with the environmental elements that brought you this far in your life. Whether you grew up with or were indoctrinated by Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, baseball or banking ... it's all OK. Hold on to what you need to hold on to ... but do your practice ... and see what happens.
Friday, August 7, 2015
starting a Zen Buddhist practice
On a Buddhist bulletin board, there was a question about how to enter into Zen Buddhism. Naturally, I couldn't resist sticking my oar in ... to wit ...