I am very unhappy about the last post: “A Zen Practice.” I feel that it over-promises and is dishonest. It being in a WordPress blog I could delete it, but I will not do that. Let it be a warning about how easy it is to be deluded when on a spiritual journey. Such a journey is difficult, must be pursued with concentration and with absolute honesty. I am nowhere near where I need to be, to give advice to anyone about their own journey. If you become a reader of this blog, then I need your insights at least as much as you might need mine. Please comment when you think I’ve overdone it or if you have an insight to share.
All this being said I still think that there needs to be a Western path towards a deep understanding. Calling it Zen is probably over-promising. I will certainly continue these posts because I do have some things to say and it has been helpful to me to try write with intensity and honesty. If you become a reader, I hope that you gain some insights and perhaps commit to a lifetime journey of your own.
I’m away on a trip for a couple of weeks so there will probably be an absence of posts for a while and I may be slow in reading your comments.
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Sept 21. Rereading the Zen Path post, I find it’s not all that bad except for my feeling of revulsion at the statement that “I actually feel an obligation that I must share some insights”. That is a lie, lifted directly from Brad Warner’s book. There is no obligation, just a compulsion to write as clearly and engagingly as I can hoping that some insights do emerge now and then.