Friday, September 19, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Spiritual Supermarket

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

September 19, 2008


The study of spiritual materialism is very important. Some people tell you to hold your breath, and you'll feel blissful. Some people tell you to breathe out, and you'll feel blissful.  Some people tell you to eat a carrot right now! Some people say, "Stand on your head."  Some people say "Sit, then stand on one foot, then lie down on your back and have a good massage." Or swim in cold water and that will help you.  Swim in hot water -- that will help you.  Reading this might help you. Say these few words over and over to yourself.  Or shout your words; project out.  Dive in. Dive out.  Wear certain clothes. Get a certain hair cut. Do certain eye gazes. People suggest all sorts of things, which is what's known as the "spiritual supermarket." All these trips have been laid on the poor Americans. We could call this spiritual democracy. It doesn't particularly help. However, America remains a great field of spiritual fertility.  Fertile situations occur constantly, all the time. Trying to work with this American mentality and bring it together with the Buddhist tradition of orthodoxy, at the same time, creates a good balance. 

Edited from an unpublished transcript VIEWING AND WORKING WITH THE PHENOMENAL WORLD, a seminar at Naropa Institute, Talk One, June 10, 1976. 

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