This one of those topics that just doesn't go away. Western Buddhists continue to say stuff about their spiritual identity in relation to their host culture. The host culture happens to be the one I find myself in. After staring at the sky for several minutes last night, something popped into my head while watching the crows take on a super-real aspect against the twilight sky. Buddhism is the cultural container of enlightenment in the East. It's not the only one either. I think a lot of the religious movements of the East are exactly that: containers of Enlightenment.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Posted by Josh Robinson at 1/11/2010 08:18:00 AM
Monday, December 28, 2009
The place my personal story meets up with spirituality of any sort that has made a difference was with the New Age books and talks. I regard each author and teacher on their own merits but I do tread with some trepidation as usually New Age folks don't have a tradition that keeps them grounded. If they have found some truth, usually they don't need the tradition. If there is a tradition, it does help to validate philosophies that are out there.
Posted by Josh Robinson at 12/28/2009 02:21:00 PM
Friday, November 06, 2009
In thinking about relational existence (I am a body, I move around the world), if you consider the past expressing itself without a sense of "selfness" the thought process, and perhaps reality transforms.
Posted by Josh Robinson at 11/06/2009 08:22:00 AM
Monday, October 26, 2009
I've linked an article by a Buddhist, North American scholar and the reason why I'm replying on it, is due to the "aha" I got from the article. The content of the post is mostly about a philosopher that meets up very closely with Buddhist phenomology. These are topics I'm interested in so it naturally peaked my interest.
Posted by Josh Robinson at 10/26/2009 08:20:00 AM
Friday, October 16, 2009
I think this is a view we all suffer from. Once you get baptised, take refuge, or whatever other initiatory rite we may take, we find ourselves identifying and defending. I guess what I've come to is that our religious systems shouldn't be something we draw lines between. To me, it's more like speaking different languages. They can be translated and it takes quite an understanding to do this work.
Posted by Josh Robinson at 10/16/2009 07:03:00 PM
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Posted by Josh Robinson at 7/21/2009 01:00:00 PM