Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.

Excellent little piece on "new Buddhists" in yesterday's Sunday NYT.  You don't have to be a Buddhist to appreciate how much you can learn from the tradition. It's changed my life (and my yoga), fer sure.

The article offers a decent one-paragraph description of the fundamental Buddhist worldview — not always an easy feat to encapsulate, for any tradition:
"The fundamental insight of the Buddha (the Awakened One) is this: life consists of suffering, and suffering is caused by attachment to the self, which is in turn attached to the things of this world. Only by liberating ourselves from the tyranny of perpetual wanting can we be truly free."
Shazaam.  Sounds daunting, I know, but stay the course.  It's a very readable introduction.  I recognized myself in the author's description of his need to escape from the constant ringing-pinging-going-doing of urbanity.  Props for mentions of Beat writers Ginsberg and Kerouac, an emphasis on pragmatism, and a shout-out to engaged Buddhism, too.

Buddhists' Delight (NYT)


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