May you seek, discover and embody, the profound peace, kindness and wisdom that is within us all.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Fear-driven Orthodoxy vs Responsibility for Being a Light Unto Ourselves
"Every religion, at least sometimes, claims that its forms - its literature, its doctrines, its practices - derive from a source of unimpeachable authority. This includes Buddhism. ... Many times I have heard teachers say that since masters of the past were more accomplished than we are and knew what they were doing, we can't tamper with established forms. That even a nontheist religion like Buddhism tends so often to rely on an inflexible source for its forms indicates how desperately many humans long to deflect responsibility for shaping their religious lives."
Rita Gross, Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, Summer 2013