A few weeks ago, I visited a Buddhist temple for the first time. As I mentioned in a previous entry, I am not religious, but I am open to different philosophies and ways of thinking adopted by different cultures and religions- so why not do some meditation at this temple, especially since it is so close to home? For those of you that live in Orlando, FL, the name of the temple is Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Center and it is located at 813 Montana Street, Orlando.
It is a very quaint little house and they always have a homemade soup to drink afterwards! The energy there is beautiful, and it is a great way to step aside from the world, and be in touch with you.
Part of the teaching that day was about living in the “now”. This seems like such a cliché, and I am sure many have heard it before. However, I spoke to Kelsang (the monk meditating that night) afterwards, and he gave me an approach to this saying that triggered my curiousity. He explained that everything we have lived in the past is the reason we are here now. So, why worry about the past? It exists right now, not yesterday or last week, because all of its elements and happenings made “now” possible. And what about the future? It has not happened yet, and it is all dependent on what we do now. Right now, this moment, defines your next 5 minutes, your next week, your next month and years. Your past and your future, they both exist right now. Right now is the only moment that matters because you are living in every tense. Right now is where you are living- are you at the right place?
This is one of the roots of Buddhism, and the reason it caught my attention is because of how simple it seems, but how hard it is to actually accomplish.