Now and Here

In the Washington Post yesterday an article by Michelle Boorstein ("Religious devotees worry about the yoga-ization of meditation in the U.S.", 2015-06-06) muses about faith-based versus secular meditation. Likewise in the final issue of Inquiring Mind earlier this year, Bhikkhu Bodhi ("Facing the Great Divide", Spring 2015) analyzes the clash of traditional Asian Buddhism, itself a multidimensional tapestry, with pragmatic non-religious mindfulness-insight. It's a complex and difficult topic. For many people, a historical foundation — Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, whatever — makes the challenges of modern life easier to bear. Bhikkhu Bodhi's summary of classical Buddhism includes:

To many, however, such beliefs seem singularly unsatisfactory, even childish, when examined in the light of objective reason and modern knowledge. The alternative? Perhaps nothing: no separate selves, no goals or expectations, no magic, no exotic enlightenment experiences, no faith, no leaders, no followers.

Or as Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck suggests, be the present momentsimply here and nowno drama.

Just attention ...

(cf. Buddhism - A Way of Life and Thought (2008-09-30), Not Always So (2009-07-04), O (2012-10-24), No Beginning, No End (2013-03-24), 01 (2013-11-05), 0-1 (2014-08-29), Nothing But Faith in Nothing (2014-09-07), ...) - ^z - 2015-06-07