Revised Xmas list:
Please grant me three wishes the next time I visit a Buddhist Center:
To become enlightened, but not with so many flood lights during a prayer service.
To find peace in silence, immediately before, during, and after the service.
To be granted permission to place flowers at the service.
As emissary to his Holiness, the Dalai Llama, please tell him I have only three desires this coming holiday.
- To become “enlightened” within, but see only a dim light “outside” while practicing at the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia. You could not imagine what it is like to meditate with the bright lights they keep on during Prayer Services. I always felt that meditation was easier to traverse in a private, low-lit area, not one that shines like Broadway.
- To find Peace in “silence,” and not to hear others speaking loud enough to be heard over gunshots that could ring out from Colisimo’s, a firing range near the Buddhist center in “downtown” Philadelphia. Just joking about the gunshot volume, Your Holiness. But I always sought calmness by adopting a soft and humble tone — perhaps even a whisper — when I want to commune with the Divine. If all used their “indoor voices” while greeting Prayer Service attendees on Sunday mornings, the voice of a thousand spirits could be raised to rooftops while chanting later at the real Service.
- And lastly, to receive permission to place a gift of nature, perhaps flowers or a small wreath, near the seat of the spiritual leader, Losang Samten, at Service time for no other reason than to give, and ask for nothing in return.
An aspirant enjoying this Buddhist Journey
(For more, please see Who’s Calling Me? Oh, it’s YOU!)