Jøhnny Fävòrítê (johnnyfavorite) wrote,
Jøhnny Fävòrítê

the undertow

there's this blog i read, of a guy who i used to be peripherally connected to, professionally speaking. he writes that a friend of his "left the bay area for a semi-secret place in the mountains where he will sit and study dharma with a small group of other buddhists for the next three and a half years, mostly in total silence." the blog author goes on to say that "his access to modern amenities will be almost nonexistent," and that he will have almost no contact with the world outside. not according to hard-and-fast rules, but because it would be antithetical to what he's trying to accomplish.
"Dharma" means "protection". By practising Buddha's teachings we protect ourself from suffering and problems. All the problems we experience during daily life originate in ignorance, and the method for eliminating ignorance is to practise Dharma.

Practising Dharma is the supreme method for improving the quality of our human life. The quality of life depends not upon external development or material progress, but upon the inner development of peace and happiness. For example, in the past many Buddhists lived in poor and underdeveloped countries, but they were able to find pure, lasting happiness by practising what Buddha had taught.

If we integrate Buddha's teachings into our daily life, we will be able to solve all our inner problems and attain a truly peaceful mind. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. If we first establish peace within our minds by training in spiritual paths, outer peace will come naturally; but if we do not, world peace will never be achieved, no matter how many people campaign for it.
oh. so that's what i've been doing. this speaks to me in a way that makes me afraid to touch it.

the last time i went into a pseudo-religious phase, i was using christian metaphors, because that's all i knew. whoops.
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