There are two races of men in this world. The “race” of the decent man and the “race” of the indecent man. Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society. – Viktor Frankl
Boxing with the Dharma
I was sitting at my first silent Buddhist meditation retreat and I came up with a boxing analogy that seemed to sum up my experience. (don’t ask why boxing? can’t answer that one).
Allow me to explain:
So here I am in a ring with many mental/emotional opponents being thrown at me, one by one. Here comes the 5 hindrances – Sensual desire, Ill-Will, Sloth and Torpor, Restlessness and Worry but the worst is Doubt. Don’t forget the 3 killers with knockout punches – Greed, Hatred and Delusion.
It dawned on me that I’ve been on a journey to change my “Cornermen”.
It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done and yet extremely rewarding. My Cornermen didn’t have my best interests at heart, they seemed to have their own hidden agenda. Once I saw the hiddenness I decided to investigate its hold on me.
Clarity arose once I changed my Cornermen. I’ve hired the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha as my new Cornermen to support my journey.
Remember It’s Only Stuff…
My Meditation practice was revived with Buddhist jumper cables.
I was moved deeply during my visit to Esalen over the Christmas holidays. I was allowed to be genuine without any pretense, just being.
It was very liberating and such a learning experience that has lit a smoldering fire that was needing attention. Well the fire has been stoked and is now in beginner’s mind inquiry mode.
The impact that the Esalen sangha had was intense at times. The honesty that was demonstrated was liberating, especially with people that I only knew for 7 days. Some of the connections felt as if they will were always there but hidden from my reality.
I’ve since joined the “Against the Stream” sangha in Los Angeles and I’m enjoying it tremendously. Looking forward to Noah’s daylong 1/21.