The treasure map

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Yeah, writing is my passion, sure, but like everything else in life, passion too has its ebbs and flows. So while I have every intention to keep blogging come what may, there are and will be days when I’m otherwise occupied (more about that in a bit) or feeling less than inspired. And that’s okay. These days, I try not to be too hard on myself and I hope you too will be patient with me.

Nevertheless, as promised, I’m here today to tell you about the path I was talking about here. Yeah, life is funny sometimes. At the same time that it’s giving you a knock on the head (ouch!), it’s handing you a flower with a wrinkled parchment map (like the ones pirates famously wave around in movies) wrapped around its stem. You unroll it and there are those faint red lines dotting out the path to the treasure.

For me, that path is a spiritual one. Though I’ve been a Buddhist all my life, there’s a whole universe of Buddhism that I’ve had neither the time nor the opportunity to explore. Since my teen years, I’ve had a wide-eyed interest in the teachings of the Buddha but when adult life took over, I was left only with time to pray but not practice in the true sense of the word.

The treasure map
Digesting the dharma over a slow solo lunch

Now here I am, finally at a point in my life when I can really get in there and start learning and practicing the Buddha’s teachings in earnest. One thing I’ll say: now that I’ve had a sneak peak, I’m just wowed time and time again by both the breadth and depth of Buddhism, and the simple yet profound wisdom of those teachings.

There’s so much to learn and absorb, and practice. Where do I start? Feels like college all over again, burning the midnight oil learning the Dharma, reading the Sutras, practicing meditation, and trying to wrap my head around such integral concepts as karma, rebirth and dependent origination. Dependent what? Could you say that again please? Yeah, that’s me 😆 !

To date, having read just a smattering of sutras (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, there’s thousands more where those came from), I can only say that I’m blown away, as in totally! It’s all so deep, so profound! Where the heck have I been all this time? Well, if you’re sensing that I’m all fired up, you’re right! On that note, I’ll be back with regular programming in the next post.

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