Some of you might be familiar with my blogging work.
I write a couple currently:
Bayou City Buddhist (defunct)
The Transforming Man (defunct)
And now this one.
I also started Bayou Buddhists here at the Chronicle which is now or soon will be defunct. I haven’t posted there in some time but one of my coauthors posted there recently so, for now, it’s still viable and I’m told the archives will remain up if you want to go and read those.
So now that you know my blogging CV or at least the focused, recent parts of it, I can explain why I’m here writing this blog.
I was dissatisfied with the local Zen center. It’s nothing against them. They are wonderful people but they are not accommodating to a family centered Practice. This is not the Soto or indeed the formal Zen Practice way. Personal liberation at all costs is the name of the game. I don’t have the luxury of leaving the householder life or conforming my life to Practice.
My son needs a religious Education. I firmly believe that this has been a major driving force in my life. I have a strong moral grounding. This has come from a couple of sources: liberal Christianity (The United Church of Christ), Boy Scouts, and my family. All of these sources taught me to embrace diversity, think for myself, and respect others and the world around me. My son is just eligible for Tiger Cubs and has spent the last year in Taekwando. RE at the is the remaining component, other than me and his mother, of course.
I’ve also longed for a place to be comfortable and to know that the people around me are comfortable with my presence. The Chinese temple didn’t feel like this place because I was the white giant. The Zen Center wasn’t right because I couldn’t give myself over to forms that were without meaning other than the repetition of training the mind. Others can sense when your practice is half-hearted. This is mostly untrue. I was uncomfortable, due to my own insecurities.
Regardless, The liberal religious path is the place where I finally feel accepted and accepting. I can embrace my Christian roots without giving up my freedom of thought and liberal conscious.
As a UU I can be what I am: A Zen focused Unitarian Universalist with a deep respect for theist and atheists alike.
Astride the Middle Way, I light my Zen Chalice.