Fridays at The Variegated Life: on what I’ve read or am reading …
I’ve committed to reading A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life this autumn, though I suspect that I will be reading it long into the winter and beyond — especially because my copy of the book still hasn’t arrived at the bookstore. In the meantime, I got Pema Chödrön’s commentary on the text from the library.
According to Chödrön, the sentiment in the second verse would have been traditional — and expected — for an eighth-century Indian religious writer to express. Nevertheless, I kinda love it.
What I have to say has all been said before,
And I am destitute of learning and of skill with words.
I therefore have no thought that this might be of benefit to others;
I wrote it only to sustain my understanding.
Yes, that’s (one reason) why I write, too.
What are you reading?