I rarely get excited about anything that is popping up in the popular Buddhist publications (these, in particular) but, Buddhadharma is running an entire issue (Spring 2010) on home-practice and reached out to the online community to comment.
Do you have a meditation practice and follow the Buddhist teachings but don’t belong to a Buddhist community, or sangha, and don’t have a Buddhist teacher? If so, you’re part of a growing community of unaffiliated Buddhists in North America. In the Spring 2010 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly we’ll be focusing on unaffiliated Buddhists and we’d like to hear from you.
This seems like wonderful opportunity for some of us to really and truthfully explain our practice (the good, the bad and the worse). I hope that a diverse sample of home-practioners reply and get printed. I would love to see how practice in home differs from person to person and tradition to tradition. But I am not underestimating the power of “fluff” in this case. I’m hoping that it doesn’t end up being a bunch of smiley-faces and middle-class, suburban wall-watchers. This is a chance for some under-represented practitioners to begin to represent a bit.
I rambled on over in the comments earlier today but it was in between two dealines and far too much coffee so I think I came off as a bit…animated.