Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment he was a confused twenty or thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. Now I feel like I am stuck until he talks to his parents and asks them "What would happen if I fell for a non-Jewish girl?
Each time in this column we look at what it might be like if a fictional Siddhartha was on his spiritual journey today. " I feel like no matter what I do or who I am -- this one thing prevents us from being together. - JD JD - It sounds like you are an open-minded individual and, chances are, your partner is too.
There is little or no growth, flexibility, or melting into the shared heart—no forming of the “us” bond that brings two people into spiritual union.” Translation: In equal relationships both people are challenged to grow and evolve together, rather than one person always pushing for the other partner’s growth. “Things are always changing—our thoughts, cells, hormones, hairline, consciousness, relationship and the landscape around us.
Instead of trying to freeze the present moment and hanging onto it, we need to remember that life is a process of constantly letting go.” Translation: The only constant is change.
I am not against Jewish traditions, holidays or weddings. I have some good news: if you two are content with one another and your relationship, I'm guessing this will have a happy ending regardless of what your boyfriend's parents have to say.
Make it a story that doesn’t leave a scar.” Translation: Do whatever it takes to leave on good terms. “Equality doesn’t need to mean that both people earn the same amount of money, have equal status, or are equally good looking.
He said that a man and a woman in a loving, supportive relationship are like a pairing of a god and a goddess. It turns out the Buddha encouraged people to engage in relationships and enjoy them to their full extent.
His teachings imply that all human relationships are wonderful opportunities to practice loving-kindness, generosity, and mutual support.
Marriage is regarded as being permanent and brides are expected to be virgins when they get married.
Couples have traditionally been expected to marry within their village and class with marriage to cousins or within the extended families being frowned upon.