Monte Sahaja, 3rd of November 2012(via lrnecbuma)
Asked by laughingalong
The dharma, or truth, is robust in ways that dwarf description. To me, there is nothing more admirable. I’m glad you dig the blog though; it’s a real privilege.
I am not a Buddhist, nor do I live a Buddhist lifestyle—which is why I don’t call myself a Buddhist. However, I have been greatly influenced by Buddhism, its language, techniques, and teachings.
I was raised Jewish—something I am only recently appreciating. Not only for the values it instilled but also for the freedom I was given to explore spiritually.
I remember one time when I was six, looking out my window of the car’s back seat and watching the trees pass. My mother was driving us through the rain and I randomly asked, "Where is God?"
And my mother responded, "God is everywhere."
Or a couple years later when I asked my father what happens after we die and he said, “No one knows. No one’s come back to tell us.”
And another time I drove home from high school and felt sad. My car had hit a squirrel and it definitely died. I told my mother, saying I knew it was stupid to feel so bad about it. She just replied, "We’re Jews. All life is sacred."
This isn’t to say my parents were deeply religious, most of the time our Judaism was relegated to the high holy days and rites of passage. But when I asked my parents these fundamental questions, they gave me space not doctrine.
I have seen the way beliefs impact children from a young age and the people they become. I am grateful to have not had that complication.
After my father died before I graduated from high school, I was left with a lot of unconscious suffering. I had always been interested in meditation and supernatural things but it wasn’t until I wanted answers about death that I found my way becoming spiritually bent.
That is one way in which I relate to Siddhartha. He had a good life until he witnessed death, sickness, and old age. Realizing the impermanent nature of even the most enjoyable things, he didn’t see the allure anymore. That is the real meaning of detachment, not longer seeking happiness where it can’t be found.
Throughout college I explored many spiritual paths from Hinduism and Buddhism to Taoism and Sufism. I went on meditation retreats, learned from whatever gurus that passed through NYC, and went to India for my spring break. It was a great time.
Then I graduated. Enough said. I had no direction for my life, my anger and confusion led me to split up with my girlfriend of six years, and I had a smoking habit left over from college.
During the next year, I was in a lot of pain. I still had my daily meditation practice and some spiritual teachings but I was wounded in many ways of which I wasn’t even aware. I started doing asana yoga at a studio and began to revamp living.
The Dalai Lama and Pema Chodron were two great leaders for me. Their techniques and insights gave me a way to heal. Not only to heal from that experience, but to heal from the general beatdown of growing up in this society.
A lot has happened since then, as is made evident by my current aspiration to go to medical school. Spiritually, I am currently steeped in Advaita Vedanta and a bit of Zen Buddhism. I’m living in NYC and doing a premedical program.
My path was nurtured by both suffering and love, yet the seed itself was the natural intuition we all have that we are more than we seem.
Namaste sis :) Much love
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