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Why I am “Integral”

This morning I’ve been asked whether I’m a card carrying ‘Bright’. I’m not. Neither am I ‘a Buddhist’ (despite the constant references to Buddhadharma and, in particular, the writings of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso).

Yesterday one of my housemates (I live in a Buddhist centre) said that she wasn’t a Buddhist either and I was happy to join her in a place outside of those labels and boxes. Another housemate seemed a little dismayed that she hadn’t taken refuge but I wonder how much of that was my projection.

I’ve been thinking about the best definition of me for a long time now. In the past week I’ve changed my Religion tag in Facebook from Zetetic, to Athiest, to Antitheist – and it’s sparked some nice conversations with some of my friends.

But today I’m calling myself “Integral”.

I’ve resisted the Integral tag for so long… prefering to use it as a generic umbrella term rather than anything else, but this morning, after reading a great blog piece by Robert Agustus Masters I  feel that, yes, Integral is where I’m at and what I want to be.

If you want to know what that meanss then check out Robert’s piece as it’s the best answer to the question WHAT IS “INTEGRAL”? that I’ve read to date.

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