Why I do the daily prompts
I had someone ask me why I do the daily prompts instead of only writing about Buddhism from a westerner’s perspective. To answer this I decided to look at the purpose of my blog, and if I meet my own goals. I have written about specific topics, such as the Heart Sūtra, and will be posting the remaining lines very shortly. I am changing the way I present educational posts such as the line by line commentary and explanation of the Heart Sūtra, so they are available as separate pages from the main page of the blog. this in response to a comment that mentioned they stumbled upon it after looking through back posts. Shortly afterwards I was looking at a few other blogs that also try to pass along knowledge about living as a Buddhist, as well as passing along some basic teachings. Looking at Renata’s well designed blog; ByChanceBuddhism and her page of Basic Buddhism helped solidify my thoughts on how to present the educational aspects.
However in today’s hectic world, where change happens faster than we can comprehend, living in the moment has become a very difficult challenge for all of us. So by answering these daily post challenges, I attempt to show how we can live a life according to our beliefs, whether they be Buddhist, Christian, Islāmic, Wiccan or any other system. By showing how we can learn from the tree that bends without breaking in the daily storms. As a Buddhist, I can present from that viewpoint, while respecting that others have an equally valid viewpoint, that may not agree with mine. Almost everyone I have met here, tries to be compassionate, loving and open-minded, while searching for ways to enrich our lives in a non material way.
I am not at the level of practice in my daily life, that some of my friends and mentors are, nor would I claim to be a scholar on Buddhism, I am someone who is doing the best I can to live a moral life, in a world that increasingly orients us towards being happy by consuming the next great product. Learning about ethics, morals, and values such as compassion are only baby steps in our daily practice. The important steps are how to integrate what we have learnt into our daily lives.
So please bear with me over the next few weeks, as I implement a few changes, to prepare for a reorganization that will make it easier(hopefully) to find what you are looking for while visiting.