BaruchWell like all great religions ...Wed Apr 11, 2012 21:4722.214.171.124Buddhism has more than one form. The Zen form, at least for lay people, isn't all that disciplined. In Soto Zen, all you have to do is sit quietly part of the time. No meditation on a koan, no monastic austerity. You could try lay Soto Zen. I visited the main Soto Zen monastery, as a tourist, when I was in Japan in 1981. Getting whacked by a stick by the meditation preceptor, will keep you from falling asleep, and perhaps not being in to much harmony ;-) It was the Greek Delphic oracle (visited there in 1983 as a tourist), who said "nothing in excess". But for every Apollo, there is a Dionysius.
- Not disciplined enough clarym29, Wed Apr 11 19:51to fully take on Buddhism. I think the best way for me in most aspects of life is balance and harmony. I also like to embrace what I like--except I can't embrace ice cream nearly as much as I'd like. ... more
- Well like all great religions ... Baruch, Wed Apr 11 21:47
- I find clarym29, Thu Apr 12 10:23that terms and labels don't draw me in on a personal level. What I mean is that if something works for me, then I'll use it or stick with it. My personal code is drawn from all over--could be... more
- With all institutions ... Baruch, Thu Apr 12 18:00it is "one size fits all" ... even if the leadership "is" included. Otherwise it is one size for the leaders and one other size for all the rest of us. Listening to your internal "daemon" is what... more
- Rather clarym29, Thu Apr 12 19:50than thinking of the inner and outer, I think of it as the rational and emotional--those are the two parts I like to achieve harmony with. That is a lifetime occupation. I've gotten fairly good at... more