I was raised jewish. Growing up, I had all the associated rituals and traditions force-fed to me. Unfortunately, that is exactly what it felt like, too. I recall engaging in these traditions because I had to, which I realize is a lament that most kids feel. However, as an adult, that feeling never changed. There has never been a connection to my heart, to my soul, to my spirit. That is why I view Judaism as a ‘religion.’ Granted, I don’t have kids, so that sense of community that a religion can foster is not a part of my life. But even if it was, I still feel I would want to expose my kids to the philosophies and life guidance that truly talks to me, not something that I am expected to do because my father did it, and his father did it, and so on and so on…I know, I sound like I’m still trying too rebel, but that is definitely not what it’s about. Spirituality, to me at least, is where you can turn when life has your balls to the wall and you have run out of answers. It represents ideas and thoughts that not only speaks directly to my heart and soul, but can stimulate my intellect as well. It has to make sense to me. It has to feel as if hearing the teachings awaken something deep within me, feeling as if I was born with this knowledge, like it is really a part of me. This is what I find in Buddhism.
Spirituality vs. Religion
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Without deviation from the norm,
progress is not possible.
-- Frank Zappa
Could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.
-- Kahlil Gibran
Compassion is to share the pain without sharing the suffering.
-- Shinzen Young
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