Friday, March 13, 2009

Scratching the surface of devotional practices

It's good to see that a big theme of my blog isn't just a reflection of my own history of hang-ups and break throughs...

Some Western converts to Buddhism associate devotional practices with religions they don’t like, and so they reject the deep devotional traditions of Buddhism. But there is more to it than what they see on the surface.

-Mark Unno in an interview between Jeff Wilson, Mark, and Taitetsu Unno in the Spring 2009 issue of Tricycle magazine

The issue also has a nice little provocative piece by Clark Strand which I think many Buddhists need to read and reflect upon but which will likely drive many who consider themselves "progressive Buddhists" (particularly the reductionist materialists who generally think folks like the New Atheists get it mostly right and that Buddhism needs to be perfected and sanitized by Western rationalism) nuts.

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