Friday, January 21, 2011

Travel Practice

I'm on my way home. It's time to practice, uh, loving kindness amidist the jostle and rushing. Kyle wrote:

What is important is that a genuine effort is put forth to see why virtue is crucial, and to truly understand firsthand what wisdom the Buddha was trying to transmit. Overcoming dukkha and understanding the true nature of reality, the reason for this ancient tradition, many times goes forgotten in pursuit of other individual desires in the name of being a Buddhist, including judging and labeling others.

I think that in usages like the above, "sincere" and "genuine" efforts are not something one should question very much. I can only try to be mindful of what I'm doing, and to put in an effort at doing it.

It is a "challenge that is hopelessly hard," to put forth the practice, but frankly, I don't see any alternative.

How is "genuine" practice related to travel practice? Travel, especially as folks like me do nowadays, is rather difficult. It's important to continue to practice amidst this difficulty.


Lee said...

From my experience, one of the hardest things for me to do is to turn off that mind that judges and critiques others. Its such a strong habit that it runs almost on automatic. I can be standing in front of the sink washing dishes but my mind is complaining about someone, then I have to tell it to stop lol. Its a trained habit that I'm trying to mindfully curtail

Mumon said...

You're not the only one trying to curtail that behavior. :-)