image of Theravada Buddhist nuns
by truthseeker08 from Pixabay
by Catharine Hannay
“A participant asked me, ‘Are you going to be teaching us meditation in a spiritual way?’ I told her that I’d prefer not to respond, but would rather welcome her to answer that upon completion of the series [of classes].
When we arrived at the last class, I circled back to her question. ‘Well, you didn’t teach meditation like it was a religious thing,’ she reflected. ‘But I found it deeply spiritual. I connected to my soul in a whole new way.’”
Harrison Blum, “Dare We Leave Our Buddhist Centers?” in Still, in the City: Creating Peace of Mind in the Midst of Urban Chaos, p. 25
As I mentioned last week in a post on Christian Mindfulness, Yoga, and Contemplative Practices, I have no agenda in terms of trying to convince anybody to practice a particular type of meditation or prayer.
My only goal with this post is to help spread accurate information about the range of perspectives among Buddhists and how they connect with the popular forms of secular mindfulness teaching.