Buddha’s Bad Back: Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Notes, Friday, Nov. 19

November 21, 2010

Wow–There wasn’t a head count, but the room was fairly full friday night.  Thank you all for coming, and especially for sharing.  I felt a great deal of positive energy from the trust and compassion that came from you all.

-I talked a bit about the informal nature of this group’s structure and approach, bringing up the fact that sometimes the Buddha himself would leave meditation due to his bad back.  We don’t want to be too informal in doing the things in life that matter, but sometimes we have to respect ourselves and just take it easy.  This group is meant to be flexible and open.

-I used Darren Littlejohn’s description of The Four Nobel Truths in his book, The 12 Step Buddhist.

-We discussed the importance of giving ourselves compassion–in contrast to self-pity.  The former requires strength and courage, the latter often results in wallowing.

-I read another quote from Chogyam Trungpa entitled “The Soft Spot of Compassion”:

“Compassion is based on some sense of “soft spot” in us.  It is as if we had a pimple on our body that was very sore–so sore that we do not want to rub it or scratch it.  That sore spot on our body is an analogy for compassion.  Why?  Because even in the midst of immense aggression, insensitivity to our life, or laziness, we always have a soft spot, some point we can cultivate–or at least not bruise. Every human being has that kind of basic sore spot, including animals.  Whether we are crazy, dull, aggressive, ego-tripping, whatever we might be, there is still that sore spot taking place in us.  An open wound, which might be a more vivid analogy, is always there.  We are not completely covered with a suit of armor all the time.  We have a sore spot somewhere, some open wound somewhere.  Such a relief!   Thank earth!”

Reminder: Future meetings will run from 6 to 7:30, Friday nights…blessings!