So, I came to the conclusion that meditation is practice for a method of living. First I have to choose that method of living. While I like the non theistic nature of Buddhism, I also have to wonder if it’s really the best way to joy.
Now, The Book of Joy which I mentioned previously, is a discourse between the Dalai Lama, perhaps the most well known Buddhist practitioner, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They have many similarities in their philosophy but also differences. What I wrote earlier about the guilt issues remains true, but I don’t know if that’s enough for me to convert to Buddhism, and meditation is a very Buddhist thing.
And mindfulness, is a practice as well. It is a practice that brings a person between the past regrets and the future anticipations. It is a method for limiting suffering by being in the present and okay with what’s in the present. Now that’s fine, if you’re trying to limit suffering, which is a Buddhist, and to a certain extent, Hindu practice. But is it correct?
And that’s where I’m at in my search for joy, for although I somewhat enjoy meditation, I don’t know that I get enough out of it to justify a practice that is flawed. But then, there is a great deal to recommend Buddhism as a philosophy over Christianity, which is a religion. In effect, I could follow both, but as stated, the guilt that is part of Christianity is not something I’m fond of.
So, onto another week of joy seeking, knowing that the agreement between the two men, Dalai Lama and Tutu, that compassion is the key to joy is still something I’m sticking with, updates to come.