Tag: christianity

Living in a new world – Days at home (43)

Tuesday. Already.

A shorter week this week, and the kids seem to be ok. Going out for our walks, entertaining them, watching the Hobbit, and laughing a lot. We are ok!

I launched my online coaching course yesterday. That kept me busy. Today was more of a an ‘admin’ or catch up day. The rest of the week seems fairly busy, with the anticipation of finally getting back to ‘normal’ from next week. Fingers crossed.

Below’s picture might not capture the mood or the scene 100%. However, it is a picture of a church in Clayton, a small village close to where we live. Walking across the meadows, surrounded by sheep, looking at this old institution and beautiful building.

For me it captures history. How church had its place for centuries, supporting the community. Yet, whilst I am not into any kind of religion, the buildings and the institution will survive me. They remind me of a time when I was going to church, over 30 years ago. It will be part of anyone’s DNA growing up in Germany, a country dominated by the Christian belief.

Hence this picture captures childhood memories, steadiness, progression, peace and tranquility in uncertain times for me.

This too shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone but it will pass.

I saw that quote the other day and had to laugh. We are going to be ok. We always have been, and we always will be. We will continue to dream, to form and shape our present, preparing for the future, and yes, we will look back one day and wonder what it was all about.

Buddhist Thought: Explaining Dharma

Explaining many profound dharmas is easy; living them yourself is hard. – Adept Godrakpa, “Hermit of Go Cliffs”

Dharma is defined as the “state of law”, “things you do or agreed to do”, “laws you follow”.
Dharma is about the system that Buddha taught.

So going out there, like I do, and write about my inspirational or Buddhist thoughts on a weekly basis, is easy. I agree.
Living all of those is hard.

It is easy to think that you forgive everyone or that you are happy for your enemies. You know it is right.

But actually doing it?
Living by example?

I thought that in 2006 when attending Buddhist classes that I never really understood what Buddhism is about. I have now understood quite clearly what it is about. I like to think so anyway. But discussing Buddhism with a friend the other day, I realised that he was asking a lot of questions that I found difficult to answer. Those questions were about the difference between Christianity and Buddhism. My conclusion was that the main difference I could see is that Buddhism doesn’t operate with a god as such and is less formalised.

I am not sure whether I am right or wrong. I probably should meditate on that one a bit more.

But the bottom line is that it is much easier to explain Buddhism in theory than to live it.

Have a wonderful day,
Volker