By paulcrummay, Jan 26 2018 12:39AM
There seems to be much said and written about living a 'Buddhist life', as if it was possible to live a life that was somehow not the one we find ourselves in. Maybe people who say this have an idea of what a 'Buddhist life'should look like- engaging in Buddhist ritual, paying careful attention to every act to check if it accords with the precepts, the rules of good Buddhist behaviour, doing various meditation practices to develop transcendental qualities and insights. Well, OK. The issue I have with living like that is it becomes situated in our ideas of life, and divides off what we think of as good from what we think of as bad or undesirable. Practice then becomes about eradicating the bad and living only in the good.