A spiritual organisation – a centre – is an excellent place to learn about the Dharma that is not necessarily in books, because there is a teacher and a collective experience: this seems to heighten the emotions. However, it is here that we have to remember the Buddha’s aphorism, “Not too tight, not too loose” because organisations appear to be more important than the individual.
Unfortunately, there is a subtle pressure that can mesmerises us into conformity. Exposing this will bring up denial, even though it is self evident. A centre can be seen as so precious that it becomes fragile. It’s a sort of escapism: it’s exclusive as it only accepts those who accept it, when it should manifest the opposite of unconfined compassion.
So we have to be mindful that we need to tread lightly – but not so lightly that we find ourselves merely acting a part.
This has all been said before, but it’s important to remember, if we are having a problem with organisations. It’s vital to acknowledge that people work on different levels, and “All that glitters is not gold” as some may be “Fools’ gold.”
Those who know they are fools are wise indeed!