The embrace of Eastern philosophy and mysticism in the West has a long history, from the writings of "the first American yogi" Henry David Thoreau, to...
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What would the world look like if everyone adopted the Shaolin Kung Fu lifestyle? The world would be more beautiful. The world would be more peaceful, more perfect.
There is the possibility that we can be teachers to each other, stepping into being the guide when it's called for, but also having the humility and the honesty to be guided, as well.
I have never thought of saints as another species of human but rather as scouts into an unknown territory. The role of a scout is to show the way to others, not to ride back to camp and prevent anyone else to cross the frontier.
Even among deeply practiced and skillful Buddhists, I can't help but notice that it is difficult to apply the dharma to anything that involves love and medically unrelated nakedness.
The Buddha spoke about five ways to protect ourselves and our practice. Here I'll write about he first two of these, and continue with the rest next week.
There is a saying, "One who protects the dhamma, the truth, will be protected by it." Sometimes this concept of protection is a little difficult for us to understand.
This intelligence and this competence within the human system exist in every human being but unfortunately remain untapped.
The middle way is a view of life that avoids the extreme of misguided grasping, and it avoids the despair and nihilism born from the mistaken belief that nothing matters, that all is meaningless.
For us the question becomes, can we find that place in the middle of these extremes, neither fruitlessly clinging to transient experiences, nor working from a place of self-hatred?
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