Out of Steam

Last month marked the 7th anniversary of The Endless Further.  I guess that’s sort of an accomplishment, because I read somewhere that the average lifespan of a blog is 2.75 years.

As you may have noticed, blogging in the last year or so has really slowed down.  There is a simple explanation for that.  I’ve run out of steam.  When I started the blog, I had a few things to say.  Well, I’ve said them.  At least, three or four times already.

There’s also the physical stuff I’m going through: lymphedema and chronic bursitis.  I’ve been in constant pain (or at least, persistent soreness) for over two years.  It takes away my energy, and weakens my enthusiasm for such things as blogging.

This is not to say that I’m quitting or shutting down the blog.  But posting is going to be really slow from here on out.  I’ll post again when I’m inspired to, or when I think I have something new or important to say.  I will probably post more frequently on The Endless Further Facebook page.

I want to thank you for reading my blog.  If you have found it informative or encouraging, I am glad.  I’ve heard from a small number of folks who have said that’s been the case for them.

I received Buddhist precepts on September 25, 1983.  That’s nearly 34 years ago.  Since then, I won’t say I have been a perfect Buddhist or anyone’s role model, but I have learned a few things.  And the most important of what I’ve learned is this:

Buddhism holds the view that the highest life condition, what we call Buddhahood or awakening, is not a destination to be reached in the remote future, but a potential already inherent in life.  The aim of Buddhist practice is to tap into this Buddha-nature, to change our thinking and our life, and then, strive to understand the meaning of compassion, to understand another person’s problems.  As the Dalai Lama says, this is the purpose of existence, to help others remove the cause for their suffering.

Until next time, peace.

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7 Comments for “Out of Steam”

Cary Hamilton

says:

Sending you wellness wishes and Metta thoughts. Thanks for being the buddha you are and for sharing wisdom and grace so generously. Namaste buddha brother. –

Mark Legac

says:

David:
Thanks much for all the posts, and I will continue to look forward to them, however infrequent; wishing you all the best, in both your health and your practice. Your articulate writing has been a help and an inspiration to me, and the effort and genuineness is very apparent … thanks again.

red

says:

David, thank you for sharing your thoughts so far, I have benefited tremendously…sort of soul food, the real deal.
You have been patient with some of previous comments, and I appreciate that. Here’s another one 🙂 …
I believe Buddha’s teaching is about middle-way…not about self, or others, but a perfect middle-way. It is about understanding/seeing/being reality as-is…which is, has-been “perfect”. The only issue is the way we “be”…once one “sees” the middle-way , the already existing perfection/state, one stops making stuff up…and really start living the reality…with full “seeing”.

Kavitha

says:

Thank you for all that you have expressed though words, music and poetry David. I have enjoyed reading your blog so much that it number 1 on my bookmarked pages. That should say it all. I wish you good health and ease my dear friend. Until next time indeed
Kavitha

David

says:

Thich Nhat Hanh says, “The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust and enlightenment.”

Thank you all, for the very kind words.

Prax Torres

says:

Thank you so much David !!! I really enjoy your blog and yes it has been very informative and even transformative for me ! I consider you a great Dharma Teacher and have learned much on the vast topic that’s Buddhism !!! Looking forward to the next time and thank you again !!

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