A shared personal exploration of suchness and emptiness.
The practice of realizing Tathata in everyday life.
The discovery that the practice is everyday life.
Spiritually Homeless would be a great album name.On a more serious note, I have always liked finding my own way, sometimes it has required me to be spiritually homeless, but more often than not, I do find a place to lay my weary head.
I don't mind having my own path, but it would be nice to have a real community as well.
I do miss several of the Bible studies I used to attend. I'm still friends with all the people, but I don't think they would enjoy my contributions in Bible study these days.
Spiritual community is a wonderful thing (most of the time); but keep an eye out for it in random places - at work, amongst normal friends, in volunteer activities, and you'll find a spirit that surpasses most dharma centers. In the end, though, we are all spiritually homeless. Be a lamp unto yourself and work diligently...
The emphasis on individualism in Western thought is surely influencing how Buddhism is being received in some quarters. It seems to me (for whatever that is worth) that if one were sufficiently open to what is termed dependent origination then one would never truly be "alone" even in the physical absence of others. The phrase that sums it up best for me is "standing alone together", which neither over-emphasizes "alone" nor "together". [As for my original sentiment, I was referring to an actual community of practice.]
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