A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life by Wayne Teasdale

By Wayne Teasdale

The Mystic center chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale's trip right into a multifaceted spirituality mixing his conventional Catholic education and the jap approach of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). A Monk on this planet tells what the adventure has intended for him — residing as a monk open air the monastery, integrating teachings from the world's religions along with his personal Catholic education, combining his lively non secular perform with the must haves of constructing a residing, and pursuing a process social justice in an enormous American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale indicates how others can locate their very own inner monastery and produce non secular perform into their busy lives.

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Each of the aggregates of individuality is in a constant flux and there is no one’s ‘own-ness’ in any of them. Therefore the Buddhist dictum ‘that which is impermanent is suffering’ is to be considered as a universal truth. Suffering one has to encounter throughout one’s life is self-evident for the most part, and needs no elaboration. In other words, one is overwhelmed by unsatisfactory and conflicting situations that one experiences in one’s day to day life and needs no comment. Because the internal and external conflicts that one has to face throughout one’s life are signified by the concept of suffering in Buddhism, some are of the opinion that ‘conflict’ is the best English word that carries full import of the Pali word.

In different stages of the development of the concept different names were given for its identification. Individual soul or microcosmic soul (pratyagàtman or pudgalàtman) was differentiated from macrocosmic soul (jagadàtman). The individual souls were considered as the manifestations of the macrocosmic soul. The whole universe is a manifestation of the macrocosm. It is said, in the beginning Sat (Being) was alone, without a second. It thought: “May I be many”. Now it diversified into the three elements: fire (tejas), water (àp), earth (prthivi) and then into others until organic bodies, including those of human beings, have come into being.

In order to illustrate the danger in sensual pleasure many shocking similes have been given in the discourses. The Alagaddåpama sutta of the Majjhima-nikaya, describes how sensual pleasure provides little gratification, much suffering and much despair and how great is the danger inherent in them. 48 To show the futility of the fivefold sensuality, the Potaliya-sutta draws the simile of a meatless bone given, to a hungry dog waiting by a butcher’s shop. The dog would not be able to appease its hunger by gnawing the meatless bone.

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