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OP, it sounds from your description, that he's missing an important piece in his practice. Meditation/insight is only part of the package. Another key part of the package, is developing compassion.
OP, Stephen Batchelor gives a very simple and practical explanation of it. He says it's really not about anything mysterious or complex. It's simply about the fact, that as human beings, we're always… ((more))
Even without a deity, Zen Buddhists get everything else a major religion offers: Traditional spiritual teachings and practices, scriptures and literature collected over the course of millennia, ritua… ((more))
Yes; it doesn't involve faith, except for faith that the practice will work. Like having faith in psychotherapy. Psychotherapy isn't a religion.
I've always loved the accountability in … ((more))
OP, IMO, everyone, for mental and physical health purposes, needs one day/week when they can stop the planet and get off. An empty day all to oneself, with no obligations, nothing on the schedule, so… ((more))