lukejmo wrote:If you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself about Buddhism and being a Buddhist, what would you tell yourself?
If you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself about Buddhism and being a Buddhist, what would you tell yourself?
Anders Honore wrote:Have fun with it, enjoy yourself and please be full of care.
tobes wrote:That's a really good question.
To give you a succinct answer, I suppose the biggest shift I have found over the years is a more critical awareness of the uses and abuses of western fidelities to the 'east.' As Faure captures so well, a better understanding of the limitations and distortions which inevitably manifest in the unfolding of any tradition.
I suppose I was a bit of an orientalist (in the positive sense); I love south-east Asia, and India...the aesthetics and cultures of both, and I think my relation to Buddhism was strongly influenced by an embellishment of those things, whilst also being simultaneously a rejection and escape from western culture.
But the embellishment was just that: a distortion of reality, which was probably very aesthetic in character. Now I'm just plainly and nakedly interested in the ethical and practice, both of which have been deeply informed by an investigation into the metaphysical. So you might say, a much blunter engagement with the actual ideas and practices, and a quickness these days to call a spade and spade and reject whatever needs to be rejected.
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