How does anyone who is serious about Buddhism and mediation work towards samsaric liberation while raising to hyperactive kids, working for a cretinous despot who measures everything by its price tag and is smothered with inflating bills to pay for an extremely modest lifestyle for a small family living abroad during an extraordinarily bizzaro time in human history?
These are, indeed, challenging circumstances: On the one hand, there’s a life of liberation from craving and suffering, on the other a life that most people now live to one degree or another.
Me? I keep meditating, I show up for work everyday and perform the usual tedious tasks — and I work towards not letting my kids turn out as neurotic as I did.
As for social support: Well, I have none — even after four years residing in what is perceived to be a very friendly country. All communication as to what is going on outside my cloistered life here in Australia is, sadly, funneled to me via Facebook, Twitter, Digg and a plethora of RSS feeds — none of which provide any substance but do temporarily satisfy my curiosity.