My problem with Buddhism.Posted: June 3, 2013
I’m a student of several religious traditions, but mainly Catholicism (of course) and Buddhism, which I sought out in graduate school. As with Catholicism, I found a lot that was useful and some that was not. In the latter category was the emphasis on “being in the present moment.”
I just traveled up the East Coast on a road trip, staying with dear friends and family, including my Aunt Laura, who’s a lifetime meditation practitioner. We were on the porch watching a thunderstorm yesterday and I told her about this problem with Buddhism. I’ve meditated on and off for the past ten years, but it never stuck. My happiness—not to mention my career—depends on being able to not be in the present moment, but to be inhabiting another time and place entirely. I wish I had a GPS device that tracked my physical location with one dot, and with another, my actual location. Which would jump all over the universe.
I wonder what the Dalai Lama would have to say about this. Maybe, Buddhists being Buddhists, he’d just agree with me, and then we’d go out for Shirley Temples.