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I wrote the following on Saturday as part of a workshop that Chris Hoyle (Tejamitra) and I were running in North London. Like many things, it had a certain resonance at the time that it loses out of context, but I thought I’d share it anyway. I’m putting it here because it’s too long to use as an update on the Buddhist Coach Facebook Page.
I believe that there is no God – we must take responsibility for ourselves.
I believe that seeing oneself as separate from others is painful, exhausting and lonely.
I believe that craving and hatred are painful and self-propagating.
I believe that actions have consequences, both in our own psyches and in the cosmos.
I believe that to act kindly changes the universe for the better.
I believe that love is always better than fear.
I believe in the transformative and therapeutic powers of meditation.
I believe there is delight in stillness.
I believe the means justify the ends, not the other way round.
I believe it’s all too easy to lose a sense of the transcendent, so we need those who are more in touch with it to remind us.