Building Around Dhamma

Dhamma has become the foundation stone of my life but I’ve had little clarity regarding how to build a life around dhamma. It took several years to understand where I naturally fall on the path. I’ve always tried to figure out how to maximize what’s important to me so it would cross my mind that to maximize dhamma I would need to be a monk. The simple reality is, I’m not ready for that type of commitment and lifestyle. Sitting two hours a day is important to me, and I’ve definitely given up many activities that were part of my old lifestyle, but living connected to the world, my family, and my friends needs to be a part of my daily life.

For some time, my life beyond dhamma has been on hold because I wanted to leave enough space and time to maximize my growth in dhamma. Recently, I had the epiphany that I needed to devote two months a year to sitting and serving to maximize my growth, and while this seems like a lot, this realization has allowed me to focus on how I want to engage the world the other 10 months out of the year.

For me, touching the deep parts of my mind through sitting courses is critical for my growth, but so is learning how to engage the world as a wholesome person. I don’t want to hide from the people and problems of our world. I want to help. The only way to figure out how to help is to try different things and practice. Dhamma will still be the foundation stone of my life, but learning how to build a householders life around it is a new challenge. Time to meditate.

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About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

One thought on “Building Around Dhamma

  1. Thank you. I love reading your messages. I am just beginning my journey of meditation. There is so much to learn and understand. Namaste, Susan


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