And borrowing phrases! The title of this post is borrowed from Mam Adar over at Urban Druid. She has a very nice post on the appeal of Shinto (and Tibetan Buddhism) to a Western seeker, and a lot of what she says in the Shinto section applies to me as well, pretty much directly… but the thing she said that really made me sit up and take notice is here:
I’m looking Eastward to see what light the Buddhist traditions shed on the West, and that light is considerable. It’s not that I don’t think the West has worthwhile traditions of its own, but the fire has been damped down on our altars. A little borrowed flame from the East could help re-kindle it.
This is exactly what I hope for in my study of Shinto.