Two Paths

There are two ways to approach Zen. One is to dance around the fringe and the other is to jump in with both feet.

If you dance around the fringe, you have not bought into the belief that you are living in a delusion. On this path you can use Zen and Buddhism to help combat your neuroses. You can use mindfulness and meditation to help ease your pain and suffering. You can be kind to others and learn to love yourself. In this approach you can wear Buddhism like a beautiful necklace or a crown. That adornment will bring you peace and joy. With this path, you can keep your self and ego and all that you have now.

With the second path, you jump in with both feet. That means that you recognize that you are experiencing delusion and that there is a way to see things clearly. You realize that by following this path you may come to understand that you don’t exist as you see yourself today. In following this path, you stand to lose everything. In this path you find a teacher, you join a sangha and you use mindfulness and meditation to ease your pain and suffering. You can practice being kind to others and you learn to love yourself.

The two paths are really one path.  The first path is practice without belief, but if you dabble in the ideas, you run the risk of believing them. When you start believing, you are on the second path. The best thing about both paths is that you get to be mindful, meditate, be kind to others and love yourself. What joy.

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