All posts tagged: Buddhist Lent

What to give up for Buddhist Lent? Materialism and an Americanized humility

For those who are Theravada Buddhists, it’s time for khao pansa (lent). I’m not the perfect angel but I do have my ‘desires’. I don’t smoke. I drink wine. I don’t care for the latest gadgets or fancy purses. So while there’s not so much materialistic desires for me, the neo-Buddhist in me wanted to dig deeper into the triggers for the unnecessary desires in my life. There are many daily activities and choices that I make, which tend to cultivate a negative mindset and a clouded spiritual journey for how I live my life. I wanted to break the bad habits that have been debilitating for my psyche and aura. What is it, really? As I thought more and more about it, I found myself having a tendency to complain. A lot. Not just of the real world issues but the little mundane and insignificant things that only a person from a developed and strong country as America would complain about. I hate snooty hipsters. I hate when I don’t get my food in …