Discovering the Dharma - Stages of the Path

- Ian Clark (ian@aimnet.com)

I became interested in the late fifties when playing Judo in England. The choice then was D.T. Suzuki's rather dry expositions or the wild ramblings of Americans such as Alan Watts and Paul Reps. (I know Watts was really English!). I particularly liked Herrigel's "Zen and the Art of Archery" but understood little other than the being-in-the-moment encouraged by the martial arts aspect.

Much later I too came across "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" and started to meditate.

Ayya Khema's "Going Nowhere, Being Nobody" made an impression because of its emphasis on compassion and gentle morality, but it was an article on Merton and Tibetan Buddhism that really got me going. I now study under Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, have a small shrine here in my study, meditate, debate and, at fifty now with lots of unecessary experience of Samsara, follow the path - sometimes falling over - always helped by others kindness.

May all beings find happiness, may I help them do so.


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