I have always found the deep split between the spiritual and sexual in nearly all religions, including the Buddhism I practice, very troubling. While it’s possible to argue that Buddhism has less of this than Judeo-Christian traditions, I’m still convinced that there’s a gap in the teachings that has lead to an enormous amount of confusion, condemnation, and suffering. And I don’t think it’s necessary to be a monastic in order to experience these gaps – no one, I think, is really immune.
In Part 3 of the Buddhist Treasure sof China series, Vincent Ross visits The Hanging Monastery, Yungang Caves, Wooden Pagoda and the Nine Dragon Wall. He also explores how Buddhism first came to China.
Even now, there are parts of China that remain mysterious to foreigners. Until recently, foreigners knew little of China’s Buddhist temples, shrines and grottoes. Vincent Ross takes us on a trip into the Buddhist heart of China, including a visit to the caves which hold 100,000 images of Buddha.
When Rick Bateman discovers a tumor in his leg and faces the prospect of cancer and possibly death, he explores the nature of his suffering and is reunited with the premise of Buddhism.
If you try to learn Buddhism with a purely Western philosophical mindset, you are using the same rigid frame approach as the physicists. As Rick Bateman explains, Buddhism is both an art and a science and can’t be approached a purely rational mindset.
It is often heard from Buddhist teachers that this life is nothing more than a dream and awakening, no different in either case. Having studied lucid dreaming in a dedicated way for about two years Rick Bateman would have to agree. So if we can become lucid in our dreams, can we awaken to the dream of so-called real life?