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I know many people have used lockdown to learn to cook, go jogging, read, etc., etc.,
During this lockdown period, I have been on quite the spiritual odyssey, having participated in ; Zen (of a very traditional style, Zafus, black robes, etc.,), Theravada, Nichiren, Plum Village, Christian meditation (John Main - effectively, mantra meditation), Ignatian prayer and spirituality, Triratna, Amida Shu Pureland and Quakerism. I have attended multiple Zoom meetings for all of these.
I’ve ended up back where I started, interestingly.
I’ve found that Plum Village and Samatha / Theravada combo gives me what I need. I’ve also thrown some Triratna into the mix. I never thought I would go near them, but I’ve found a few Sangha’s locally, who have all been supremely welcoming and they’re all connected, so you see same people at different groups. They also stay connected via WhatsApp Dharma groups between meetings, so I’m finding myself eating some of my earlier views re this strand. I’m also finding their Dharma study very strong, taking in a span of traditions, much more thoughtful and in depth than anything else I’ve come across within 50 miles of home.
I‘m sort of exhausted, but I knew I’d never get a better chance to really dig into my spirituality and explore. The lockdown has oddly allowed it to be a bit easier due to Zoom, so you can cover ground quite quickly without physically attending all of these, but one clearly doesn’t get the in depth experience. It also does cloud the mind a bit, as you find yourself in all sorts of dilemmas about direction. Sometimes, one instinctively knows something doesn’t sit right and walks away.
Sometimes, you have to go to those places to get to this one.
I know some people will think I’m crazy, or whatever. But I wanted to say what I’d been doing somewhere, and here it is.
Hmmmm....I just discovered that there’s a local Kagyu group I missed, may have to scope them out.....🤔😂