A Guest Post by Baz
In 2012, I authored The Practical Buddhist, a spiritual memoir that chronicled my journey from what I call ‘Big Religion.’ My journey from organized religion to what I later termed Practical Buddhism was focused on rejecting Big Religion’s focus on the assumption of truth from another’s perspective (in my case, the Bible and all it includes as literal fact) in favor of the Buddha’s emphasis on living with honest, mindful intention and accepting as truth only that which you experience.
Not long after I made this change, my entire world view morphed from one that simple preached doing good and the consistent need to be redeemed for something for which I played no part whatsoever (original sin), to one that allowed me to discover my own truth.
I soon composed a sense of mission for my life as it represents what I’d most like to accomplish in the years I have left. It’s included above as an image.”
ZenJi and I worked together to reframe this new path in what we now call ‘Walking the ZenJo Path™. You can read about the path here. ZenJi also asked me, as a non-monastic, to share my thoughts about what it means to me to be walking this path. I’ll attempt to answer that, and why I think you should also, in the paragraphs below. [Read more…]