What are we working for? What is the end of practice?
I was in middle school when Kung Fu came out. The fighting got my attention, but it was the mastery and wisdom of the old men that filled my heart with longing.
It is mastery and wisdom I seek now. I want to seek it in community with other seekers, not alone; much like the monastery in Kung Fu, only one that is in the world and not shut off from it.
Is there a community of “wise ones,” where one can go to be trained in the ways of mastery and wisdom? Why am I even putting these two words “mastery” and “wisdom” together?
I suspect that the two somehow go together. That wisdom somehow grows out of the discipline and focus required to pass the trials inevitably required for one to become a master of anything sufficiently difficult.
Does that mean that our community of wise ones should consist of practitioners of the same art? It could, but I think it could also consist of masters of different arts; that one art could inform another of its own particular species of wisdom; or even masters of science with masters of religion, with masters of the arts.
What if you don’t know any masters to hang out with? Is it enough to hang out with seekers of wisdom, or seekers of mastery? How do we build a community of elders, of wisdom?
Could we build such a community ourselves?