I found this post interesting because the person writing it was (Is?) a nun living in a Zen monastery in Japan and now living in the United States… and in a relationship. There’s a huge difference living in a monastery and living in the outside world and wanting to practice the teachings of Buddhism. I think its easier following the teachings when you have no distractions like relating to other people and modern day living.
This post is a glimpse of what she is learning so far.
It’s Friday morning; I have 50 midterms to grade, a book to read, two Japanese tests to study for, and a Chinese Buddhist story to translate, so that must mean it’s time to write a blog!
My blog has been slowing, slowing down in the last eight months and a large part of that has been adjusting to being in America. What do I have to say about Zen practice in this country– a country in which we have deemed Japanese monastic forms unnecessary? Then I fell head long into Serious Relationship Land and this has complicated my own understanding of my practice even more. For so long I thought that true practice meant living in a monastery, or at least, living in poverty while dedicating my life to the Way. It meant not having things, it meant being alone. Read more here.