Lojong #24

I got an alarming sense of being overshadowed or overwhelmed by things stacked against me with this image.

Change your attitude, but remain natural.


This is about attitude and putting ourselves or our views before others. We are not more important. So perhaps I could say what is stacked against me is my own attitude?

Norman Fischer calls this “Don’t be a phony.” In other words, change your life, don’t pretend to. Relax, you don’t have to impress anyone or make grand gestures of enlightened spiritual posturing. If you slip up with anything in life, get back on track.

As usual with Buddhism there is an element of compassion for yourself. That pile of rocks can turn against you, impose themselves on you. The regimen of practice that you build against yourself can eventually overwhelm. If you are the big cheese who imposes themselves on the world, it will backfire.

Bev has some interesting links on her blog and there was one from Tricycle for an article this week called “Bible Belt Buddhism” which I found fascinating.

It’s that tiresome imposition of judgement and hatred that permeates religion today. That’s what I began to object to, the stones stacking up of misinterpretation and hating The Other. That leads to spiritual posturing and it will hurt you and others. Hey, I just thought of something: river stones are worn smooth by water, but a lot of smooth, manipulative characters imposing on others is not good.

So, be natural, care for yourself and others, be mindful of your attitude. Don’t be this stack of river stones.



2 thoughts on “Lojong #24

  1. I was talking with an Episcopal priest at book club yesterday, and he mentioned how people tend to aggressively go after others’ views and opinions. Their spiritual posture is one with boxing gloves on ready to throw a punch at whatever they disagree with. Instead of looking for commonalities, they focus on differences. Yet most of these same people will state everyone should have the freedom to believe how they want. Except they’re not offering this open-minded attitude to others either. I like the image of water smoothing the stone; I could let all those other views, dogmas and opinions glide over me, gradually wearing away my rough edges without trying to block the flow.

  2. Most definitely they don’t offer the freedom to others.

    See, I thought you purposely chose river stones to indicate water smoothing over time. It must have been subconscious.

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