October 25, 2005 at 11:02 am #8253
Plato, you suggested to teach the ‘energies in my house”dharma’. Of course I read and hear to word ‘dharma’ often but it only can become alive when there is a deep ‘understanding’ of the meaning: dharma. So I looked into it, and as my feeling was right, ‘dharma’ implies much more than ‘teachings’.
Lama Anagorika Govinda expressed it as follows in ‘A Living Buddhism for the West’:
“Thus we could say that the Buddha’s Dharma is, as experience and as a way to practical realisation, a religion; as the intellectual formulation of this experience, a philosophy; and as a result of self-observation and analysis, a psychology.
Whoever treads this path acquires a norm of behaviour that is not dictated from without, but is the result of an inner process of maturation and that we – regarding it from without – can call morality.”
This is a life time job Plato, one that every spiritual path is offering,I hardly can grasp the magnitude of the Taoist practice let only I start to integrate the Buddhist path as well.
“Nearly all the great spiritual masters of all traditions agree that the essential thing is to master one way, one path to the truth, by following one tradition with all your heart and mind to the end of the spiritual journey, while remaining open and respectful towards the insights of all others. …
The modern faddish idea that we can always keep all our options open and so never need commit ourselves to anything is one of the greatest and most dangerous delusions of our culture, and one of the ego’s most effective ways of sabotaging our spiritual search.”
From Sogyal Rinpoche’s: Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
This post is not a question about your commitment, but a rhetorical question to myself about my personal commitment….
your ‘dharma’ made me ponder 😉
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