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That is true and actually I am a Taoist Buddhist, lol.
I should have worded that better.
I think using the term "pop" Buddhism is just a way to feel superior and/or more secure. It's a dig at people who have found a differing interpretation but we all cherry pick to a degree. Especially those of us adhering to specific sects.
I am in a leadership course right now as the last part of an MBA. I have enjoyed this class immensely as it challenges us to think about our journey so far through life and challenges us to think about how those events have shaped us to the leaders we are and will be. Reviewing the crucibles in your life and taking the lesson from it and applying it going forward is I think, at the heart of mindfulness.
During the lecture, we covered the concepts of servant leadership. You lead others by influence. You build influence by trust, trust through service, and service through love (I.e. A deep commitment to others). The love portion is difficult, as it is filled with a passion for others to succeed, to forgive when wronged, sacrificing for the betterment of others. all of this would be difficult on anyone's best day, never mind going into work everyday and making this your focus!! He shared his personal story that he wasn't able to successfully integrate everything until he developed a personal relationship with God. Because when he ran out of personal strength chose to rely on a supernatural force in order to help him through. For me, it was a very honest and authentic way that he has been able to take a skeptical mind and at least form away that he can see why God makes sense and how he could develop that relationship.
In Buddhism, where is the source of the strength when you run out of it? We are all finite. There is a limit to how much strength we can harness and possess. What is the "other" part that gives us strength when we are seeming out?
When it comes down to it, the distinction between self and other is just an illusion. A tool we use to distinguish between events, moments or beings.
When we get trapped by ego and thinking that is what we are then I can see the limits but when ego is seen as a tool that helps us learn then love is found in everything.
Is change dukkha or is it how we perceive and deal with change?
Just a thinkance that deserves no answer or even acknowledgment.
They are usually specific to my frame of mind at the time and I don't use any time honoured mantras. Actually they may sound kind of silly but they usually do the job for me.
For example yesterday morning my mantra was "Even the leaves are Buddhas" but it could be anything. "All beings deserve peace" is another one. Anything that doesn't leave questions to be tossed about and that is easy to return to works fine for me.