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What my buddhist practice has brought me is a lot of peace and insight into my negative qualities, a deeper understanding of suffering and a great deal of compassion for others. These are things I am grateful for, and it has returned me to a certain quiet space which has been very appropriate to the phase my life has been in.
But at the same time I feel something has been missing. It’s only been recently that reading a book of Osho’s has been helpful in putting it into words. In that book Osho talks about saying “yes!” to existence, celebrating it, and that one of the things he looks forward to is seeing his sannyasins become “blissful, ecstatic, fulfilled”. That passage made me realise that that aspect of celebration was something I missed in buddhism.
I think in many ways they are strangely complimentary, the dharma and what Osho teaches. I certainly wouldn’t want to miss the words of the Buddha, but sometimes it feels a little dry compared to the teachings of the sufi’s or the poetry of a Kahlil Gibran.
Have you ever found something in the words of another teacher which made you think, I miss that in buddhism?