Epistemic status: straight Buddhism
Yesterday I attended a one-day retreat, during which David said a bunch of interesting things.
On the four bodhisattva vows (my paraphrase):
1. Vow to awaken with & respond to all beings
2. Vow to see through all delusions
3. Vow to enter all dharma gates (i.e. take up all opportunities for practice)
4. Vow to fully embody Buddha's way
David's commentary on the vows (my paraphrase):
Among other things, they are a way of being sane in the world.
They feature a combination of open-heartedness & fierce resolve. This is quite a lot to balance, but we can do it.
Also, some aphorisms for meditation practice, derived from David's study of & Reb Anderson's commentary on the samdhinirmocana sutra:
"Am I putting labels on feelings & thoughts? Am I spinning a story about these feelings & thoughts?"
"Am I imagining that this person actually is what I'm imagining them to be?"
"Am I thinking that whatever I'm thinking about is actually what I think it is?"
I like how they drive a wedge between the map & the territory.
Cross-posted to my blog. Not really sure how on-topic this is for LessWrong; seemed worth posting given the discussion of meditation that crops up from time to time.