GUEST BLOGGER: How does my Buddhist practice affect my daily life?

On occasion, the blogger of Precious Metal, Nate DeMontigny, coordinates a wonderful event: A Buddhist Blog Swap. This is an opportunity for digital dharma dialogists to be a guest speaker on other blog. I was very fortunate to have been given J Andy Lambert of Bayou City Buddhist as my guest speaker.

——

My Zen practice never really stops.

The bell chimes to end my sitting in the morning. I stand up and I go on with my day, but the sitting doesn’t stop.

It gives me a second to breathe, to respond instead of react.

Many people don’t really think like I do. As a Zen practictioner and a Unitarian Universalist, I celebrate the diversity of beliefs.  There is wisdom to be found in all religious traditions.

HH The Dalai Lama once said there are many paths up the mountain. Honestly, I think His Holiness could have simplified by saying all paths are the same path. Many people outside the Buddhist Tradition would not agree with this view, perhaps, but that too, is also delusion.

Regardless, I feel like every decision I make ,from the very large and life-changing to the small and seemingly inconsequential, is informed by Practice. I make eating choices based on my practice. I make choices in entertainment based on my practice. I make choices in Association based on practice. The list goes on and on.

I don’t think endless form and ceremony is necessary to accept the Middle Way. I take the precepts everyday by living them out. I sit as the Buddha sat everyday. That’s pretty much it.

With Deepest Bows,

J. Andy Lambert
Bayou City Buddhist

Advertisements

Tags: , , ,

Categories: Dharma, Lifestyle, Meditation, Philosophy

Author:Sumitta

Joshua Hudson is a license clinical social worker with post graduate certificates in mental health. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he has worked as an healthcare advocate for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Director of Psychological Health for the Air Force, in-patient counselor for inpatient adolescents, child and family therapist; and currently is a Prevention Interventionist for the Air Force creating programs to reduce interpersonal and self-directed violence (e.g. Sexual assault, suicide, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, etc.) in the military Joshua spent twenty years in the Navy as a combat photojournalist and public affairs officers. He was a senior account executive for a marketing company and managing editor for various national publications. He continues to write on myriad issues from engaged living and resiliency to spirituality and meaning making. He is also an organized minister by the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center and International Order of Buddhist Ministers. Currently, he lives in Bury St. Edmunds in the United Kingdom with his daughter; but still keeps residence in Pittsburgh.

Subscribe

If you like Applied Buddhism, then why not sign up and subscribe!

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: