A personal blog by a graying (mostly Anglo with light African-American roots) gay leftist leaning liberal progressive fit married college-educated former Baha'i NPR-listening Professor Emeritus now following the Dharma from California to Minas Gerais, Brasil.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Via Buddhism on Beliefnet:
Daily Buddhist Wisdom
in forests far away from other people is not true seclusion. True
seclusion is to be free from the power of likes and dislikes. It is also
to be free from the mental attitude that one must be special because
one is treading the path.
Those who remove themselves to far forests often feel superior to
others. They think that because they are solitary they are being guided
in a special way and that those who live an ordinary life can never have
that experience. But that is conceit and is not help to others. The
true recluse is one who is available to others, helping them with
affectionate speech and personal example.