Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Buddhist Practice on the Course


I was talking to a friend the other day about our commitments to practice spiritual principles in our daily lives. We are both quite ecumenical and eclectic in our spiritual studies—and we are both golfers.

So as the conversation shifted back and forth we realized that the driving range and the golf course are places to practice mindfulness and non-attachment.

It also became clear—and we laughed to realize—that golf is also a rich ground for all Buddhist “sins” or human attributes that we seek freedom from. Think about it. Golf presents opportunities minute by minute to experience greed, pride, illusion, grasping etc.

So maybe a walk on the green can be a spiritual practice if we are committed to stay aware and gently release these as they pop up.

One of the sutras says, “Desires are endless; I resolve to release all desire.” Yes, this is why golf is a game for a lifetime. And so very humbling.


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