A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Having recently…

Having recently read the book “Why I am a Buddhist, No-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey” By Stephen T. Amsa PhD, I was struck by his description of two types of Buddhists. Western Buddhists who choose through printed word and perhaps travel to adopt Buddhism. He calls them second language Buddhists. Then those who leaned it as part of their daily life, by going to a Temple or Wat or from their mother’s milk so to speak. Those who grow up with it he terms first language Buddhists. He also points out that western Buddhists stress the psychological and meditative aspects, while cultural Buddhists tend to stress the ritual and spiritual aspects. In this context I would have to consider myself as bilingual, but not fluent in either language. As I have gotten older, I see a lot of the rules I grew up with followed Buddhist philosophy, more than Judeo-Christian values or traditions. However a lot of the daily ritual or knowledge is still unknown to me.

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