[Buddha-l] Re: Just checking
bcarral at kungzhi.org
Sun Jul 23 05:01:40 MDT 2006
On Sunday, July 23, 2006, Mike Austin wrote:
> Based on a particular text or topic, we have good
> discussions. We are joined in these discussions with
> our resident Geshe. I wonder how many of us have this
> opportunity as well?
I don't live near good masters or Dharma friends, so
when I have some question, I ask my Dharma friends
around the world (including masters, long-term
practitioners, and scholars in several traditions).
What I find most stimulating is to see my students
struggling to incorporate Dharma in their daily lives
and help them to do it.
For example, last week I met a 19-year-old girl who
is studying with me since one year ago--as we talked,
she quoted some Master Linji's teachings we were
dealing with during the last weeks--as the Zhaozhou
bridge's spirit, what I found most pleasant.
She is an adolescent idealist who is now starting to
discover how the world really works (for example, she's
discovering that Buddhism doesn't is like she imagined
it is), but she's doing it from a Buddhist pov, which I
think it's great. It's a great responsibility for me
because I know that, as her Dharma teacher, I'm helping
her to develop a long-term world view.
For example, she always wanted to be a publicist
(she studies audiovisual communication at university)
and now she doesn't want to work for the advertising
industry anymore but to be a investigative journalist.
There is an old Jewish saying that goes like this,
"I learned much from my teachers, more than that did I
learn from my colleagues, but most of all from my
That's exactly right for me. I only miss taking root
in a tradition and I'm working in order to handle it.
It's not easy, but I consider it my main practice
Asturias, Sepharad (Spain)
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