In March I completed a read of The Lotus Sutra and had two other books in progress. I must admit that my reading has taken a back-seat to homeschool and and baby-related stuff, but I’m trying hard to make time for it again. That said, I got to thinking last week, with both of my current open texts nearing completion, it was time to start thinking about what I’d read next. Sure, I don’t seem to find time for it every day, but perish the thought that I’d have time to read but no new material to dig into! That would be terrible!
Some time after reading The Lotus Sutra, I made the decision that I would eventually read it again, but using a different translation. I have purchased a copy of it, but I just not quite ready to make re-reading it a priority. Instead, I had a little extra money on an Amazon gift card and decided to purchase both the Middle Length and Long Discourses of the Buddha.
Weighing in around 2,000 pages cumulatively, I’m sure they will prove challenging. I’m not really a “reader,” a fact to which my high school English class grades would attest, but I have found it amazingly beneficial both for informational purposes and to help calm the mind of all the over-stimulation of electronic media.
On the matter of these two mammoths, I am going to set a goal today: By year end 2013, I intend to have both texts completed. This means, if I started them today, I’d need to read a little under 4 pages per day. In order to make progress toward this goal, I am going to try to “pre-schedule” time for additional reading. Starting with ten minutes after my morning recitations and ten minutes immediately prior to bed, effective immediately. Additional time will be allocated when permissible, and I may leave one of my currently open books at work so that it can be finished on breaks rather than during these dedicated periods at home.
I’m also going to stop sacrificing time that is set aside for reading for blogging. I suspect no one reading will notice any difference, though. Ha!
Maybe setting this goal, and sharing it with my friends here, will help me to stick to it. I’ll update with progress sometime and we’ll see. I hope you are well tonight and are finding success in your own spiritual goals. I will post again soon, friends.