People often use the metaphor of climbing a mountain when describing spiritual practice. For example: “there are many paths but they lead up the same mountain.” There are number of problems with this view. The main one is that spiritual attainment has many different facets, and we confuse ourselves by rolling them together. “Mountain” might better be plural. This view may make practice seem less heroic and more approachable. We’ll discuss the trials and tribulations of evaluating our progress, and point out some footholds that are trustworthy.
This talk was given on Sunday, September 14.