By Jundo Cohen of Treeleaf Zendo
There’s a flavor of Buddhism for everyone, it seems, especially in the West. There are groups and teachings of all stripes — the monastic and the “out in the world” types, the traditional and the tradition-breaking, and many in between, mixing and matching. The Western Buddhist world comes in ten thousand colors and flavors!
And that can be GOOD, so long as you find the path and teacher(s) right for you. [Click through for more, and to "sit-a-long" with today's video.]
What you have to do, though, is avoid the snake oil, the image-driven jive and hype, the soothing but empty cliches, the charismatic charlatans, the fast food drive-though spirituality. Also, don’t fall into “spiritual materialism” — shopping around in the “Dharma department store” for the fluffy and flashy, for teachers of anything-goes, feel-good philosophies that just say what we want to hear (and not what we need to hear).
Oh, and if you do stumble on a worthwhile practice, be sure not to quit as soon as it becomes a little demanding. Do all that… and you’ll be just fine!
A related talk and “Sit-A-Long” video follows. Note: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a total sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.
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