jcsuperstar wrote:i was thinking about just what we bring with us from our lives into the practice of the dhamma.
i come from a working class background, heavily influenced by anarchist philosophy (i had an ongoing corespondece for years with noam chomsky) and years spent in punk bands.
i first came to buddhismt through zen under a japanese priest who had been a marxist
i carry with me certain assumptions(?), i dont think things should be writen in "intelectual" speak. but rather in common language that the "everyman" can grasp. this comes from my anarchist background
i'm a meditator, not a scholar, this i think comes from my working class background...
am i seeing patterns where they really dont exist or do you think who we were pre buddhism plays an important role in who we become as buddhists?
whats your story?
pink_trike wrote:I grew up in an unwholesome family environment full of greed, alcohol, rage, violence, and falseness (well-hidden though - we met fairly high community standards). I wouldn't trade this experience for anything...as it set me at a very early age on the path toward wholesomeness.
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