Holidays

LotusAs you may have gathered from a couple of my recent posts, I’m getting excited about the prospect of spending the next week on a narrow boat in the middle of nowhere. Although I doubt that there is too much chance of anyone getting sunstroke, it does promise to be reasonably good weather and it will be much quieter than it is in the office.

Whilst it is a holiday away from work, it’s important to remember that there is no such thing as a holiday from Buddhist practice, and although I can’t take my Gohonzon aboard with me, I will still be chanting as usual.

It will be interesting to see how the other ship mates react to that. Bumble quite often joins me for gongyo, but I have no idea what Sue and Steve make of the practice. B’s mum is also a Nichiren Buddhist, so they are not completely unaware of what it entails. But I will have to find myself a quite corner and try to keep the impact on them to a minimum.

I do try to spread the word about the benefits that Buddhism have brought me, but I’m no evangelist and try to keep my enthusiasm under control when it comes to talking about it. If, on the other hand, the boat comes back painted maroon and gold, everyone will know what has happened.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deathstar44
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 16:24:10

    Do you have an omamori?

    Reply

    • Anupadin
      Jul 09, 2012 @ 21:16:45

      Reply

      • deathstar44
        Jul 10, 2012 @ 03:58:03

        I meant the travel version of your Gohonzon. It’s small so you can take it with you whenever you travel. Great pictures of Taplow Court, I’ve never been there, but I hope to go one day.

      • Anupadin
        Jul 10, 2012 @ 12:16:40

        I don’t have an iGohonzon 🙂 I have thought about having a photo on my smartphone, but that isn’t really encouraged.

        Although we focus on the Gohonzon when we chant at home, or at Taplow, I chant without mine all the time, in the car, on holiday, everywhere, and it works just the same. NMRK

      • deathstar44
        Jul 10, 2012 @ 15:59:30

        This is so true. I was just curious. I have chanted on planes, airports, at the beach, or just looking at a beautiful view. Just wanted to thank you for sharing your story.

      • Anupadin
        Jul 11, 2012 @ 00:26:24

        Aren’t we lucky that we have something that works in all situations, in all locations and never needs the batteries changing. Thank you for taking the time to write, it is very rewarding to know that people read my stories.

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