Just finished reading the Zennist’s post entitled Restoring our spiritual senses. It evokes a shamanistic-dimension to destabilize our “despiritualized culture.” Reading this for me was one of those synchronistic moments as my blog from this past summer, Notes from the Iron Stupa , had as its salient theme a Shamanistic-Dimension. As the Zennist states it may indeed take a “modern form of shamanism” accompanied with “spiritual artifacts” that include special forms of incense and ritualized techniques to help remedy the despiritualized material malaise. If one were to read from the blog category here, The Divine Liturgy of Vajrasattva, then one would be privy to a mystically-charged form of Spiritual Liturgy that I conduct alone once a week—accompanied with my monk’s robe and the ritual tools required. From reading the “About Us” tab above I have now totally devoted my life like a spiritual anchorite “choosing to withdraw from the mundane affairs of samsara in order to devote myself to lead a life of intense meditation/contemplation and dharma-study in Light of the Buddhadharma.” The very creation of this website was done in the spirit of creating an online-monastery, where one is free to withdraw for a while from the hustle and bustle and just savor the sweetness of the Buddhadharma. It has become obvious to me for many years now that the monastic-hermetic route is a viable option in today’s increasingly dharma-ending age.
I recently purchased a vast 2-volume set entitled The Encyclopedia of Monasticism, as edited by William M. Johnston. It’s quite pricy but after much research was able to locate it for 1/3 of the cost as a Used-Like New set; interestingly enough, it arrived just awhile ago just after reading the Zennist’s column. I glanced-up, and a Fed-Ex truck pulled up and delivered it. I mention this since what the Zennist says is true, spirit can and does make its presence known in many new and marvelous ways. There’s indeed something to be said for living a “Spiritual Alternative Lifestyle”; when you do, Spirit will never let you down.