One of the issues raised by Zen teacher John Crook in the current newsletter of the Western Chan Fellowship is that of public and private spirituality. Is it enough to have a personal practice, and trust it will change you, reducing the unhelpful parts of your personality and strengthening the helpful ones? Or do we need to create social structures – be it anything from a local meditation group to a monastery – for purposes of mutual learning, mutual challenge, mutual correction?
I’ve always struggled with numbers. In fact I’m slightly ‘number blind’ – give me a page to read that contains text and numbers and I’ll be able to tell you what it’s about, but won’t have ‘seen’ any of the actual numbers. Statistical arguments are lost on me. I once had an interview with IBM … Read more