Although I do not recall articulating it before, I have increasingly been interested in blogging that had more to do with the spirit of Buddhism than with the language or topics commonly associated with Buddhism (at least in the West). That is, if I come across something from a Christian or Sufi or what have you that produces an inspiration or revelation or other reaction affirming or enlivening the spiritual insights that Buddhism (as well as other faiths) encourages, such as an expansiveness of the heart and the virtues that accompany such a change, I would rather read that than another account of rediscovering the myriad levels of subtle interplay between Buddhist concepts and the profound philosophical implications that come from such reflection.
I am not against people going through such a process of documenting their perceptual and cognitive re-alignment in light of a new cultural perspective or shift in philosophical orientation, let alone articulating their experiences as they go through it. Indeed you can find a lot of that here on this very blog. But I also have a degree of sympathy with the view that spirituality must be lived, not merely pondered. I have, I suppose, always had a sympathy for that view, but it was more of an intellectual assent. My actual appreciation in real terms has steadily grown over the past couple of years. This is not a new thing either, nor is it a sign of some greater awareness or insight. I don't presume that those who primarily focus on the "Buddhist" aspect of Buddhism are somehow less wise or accomplished than I. Far from it.
I can see where documenting an experience can be useful for others going through a similar process, but there is that danger of self-satisfaction which, to the chagrin and delight of some of my readers, I dubbed becoming "Bodhier than thou". And yet, an astute reader may point out, this post is about myself and my reactions or perspective. Which goes to show how readily blogging lends itself to narcissism when one isn't focusing on some greater topic or purpose. So that finally begs the question - what should I come here to write to you about? On the larger score, this blog is concerned with being a voice for those who reject religious and irreligious intolerance. But what should such a voice say? I have attempted to keep a balance between that which is provocative (such as reflexive discourse on being an "American" Buddhist), that which is inspirational (from all spiritual and religious paths), and that which promote social justice by advocating progressive politics and the protection of basic human rights. But I find that I am often redudant, either saying what has been said more effectively elsewhere or repeating what I have said before here. Perhaps that is one reason why some blogs seem to burn out after a year or two. I would like to keep this place vital and relevant, and I would appreciate your assistance.
So, please share. What has been of use or comfort? What would you like to see more of (or for the first time)? I look forward to your replies.