In much of reading, I struggle to reach the intelligence point to really comprehend. But, in my case, my arts, especially my ekhprastic poetry, i feel are my total practice right now. I can't do more in my hopes of a good life or afterlife. David, I appreciate how you drew me in with a place i can enter in my nature
It is a great project. Yes, I think that many of the writings in Buddhist history have been attempts to "mend the sangha" or correct for misunderstanding, either things that are popular but woolly on the one hand or overly hard and narrow on the other. Yes, how does this or that passage make you feel - a very good way in - and then express that feeling as art - excellent.
I mostly write creative non-fiction and to do that well it's necessary for me to engage in Buddhist practice. To truly receive what is being given to me, I must take refuge, let the ego shrink and be open to what is coming my way. Namo Amida Bu