My obligatory New Year’s post. Its been a long year. Good, for the most part with plenty of changes. This next year will be no different. So, I just want to keep one thing on my mind as I practice and work my way through it…
…keep it simple.
Thats it. That is my resolution. Simple living, simple work, single-minded love and compassion.
There are many things that we can do as Buddhists from our homes to practice. Even if we are living a distance from traditional Buddhist lands, lay-groups, temples or monestaries. Many of us are Buddhists without access to monks, teachers, roshis or guidance. So easy to get lost in the diverse and varying traditions and mental mazes found in Buddhist practice. Even those lucky Buddhist that are part of a larger community and accessable teachers can get lost in the maze.
Some ways I plan on “Keeping it simple” with my Buddhist practice.
- Offerings ~ No need for anything special, just offer what you have at hand. Time is a perfect offering, so is incense.
- Gestures of Respect ~ Whatever it is (bowing, gassho, head nod, kneeling) just do it with a humble and kind mind.
- Go for Refuge ~ Once for the Buddha, once for the Dharma and once for us (the Sangha).
- Acceptance ~ Accepting the impermanence of things as well as accepting the large amount of practice that is out there (Christian, Atheist, Buddhist, Hindu or Pagan) and the understanding that the path runs through many different belief systems.
- Meditation ~ Just sitting daily in the hopes that I prepare my mind for enlightenment or maybe just to benefit others.
Thanks to everyone that have read, commented, emailed, supported, denigrated, blocked or posted over here at “Sweep the Dust, Push the Dirt”. All of you make my practice a richer one and I appreciate it. Here’s to a new year, a new day and a new moment.