Being someone that’s sometimes bored at night and decides to research our “lovely” political opponents, I came across this:
Why no, Simran and Shannon, I did not know that! Could you both tell me more?
I spoke with Shannon about her journey into activism, some of the challenges she’s encountered along the way, and how it all squares with her understanding and practice of Buddhism.
Singh: What about your spiritual and religious upbringing? How does that tie into your life journey?
Watts: I was raised by an agnostic mother and a deeply Catholic father. And he really hoped that I would be a devout Catholic too. Every Sunday I was in Church. I went to Catholic school. Every Saturday I was in catechism. We were surrounded in upstate New York by other Catholic families. So many of my friends were Catholic. But honestly, it never felt helpful to me. It never really clicked.
It wasn’t until my late 30s that I found Buddhism. It was always something that fascinated me, but it also seemed very off-the-grid. As you can imagine, my father was not really that supportive of my investigating Buddhism, but it felt right to me. I was already meditating and doing yoga and, you know, dancing around the edges – and then I started studying it and going to Shambhala and going on retreats. And that’s how I became more immersed in it.
Singh: Are there any ways that you see your Buddhist outlooks or practices informing your activism for gun violence prevention in America?
Watts: I have to say that the most interesting part for me has been the practice of keeping my ego in check. It is very easy to let your ego get out of check when people are doing interviews with you, or when volunteers think that you are somehow elevated, or when people are looking for your opinion or leadership. I can feel that in myself from time to time.
For me, these past seven years have been a huge exercise in the Buddhist teaching of non-self, that it is not about me at all and I am not any different than the volunteers working in this organization. That this is just my role, which is the tip of the spear, and that for reasons I’m not quite sure why – but this has been how I have been practicing for the past seven years (since founding Moms Demand Action).
Just to be clear, this quick article will NOT be an attack on the Buddhist faith, but rather will show how full of shit Shannon is (as if we didn’t already know that). After all, she’s been on a warpath against Christians lately and their support for guns and their politics. Two quick examples:
The pope isn’t the final say in what all Catholics should believe, Shannon.....
Anyways, lets go.
-“I was already meditating and doing yoga and, you know, dancing around the edges – and then I started studying it and going to Shambhala and going on retreats. And that’s how I became more immersed in it.”
Seriously? Doing yoga is “dancing around the edges“ of becoming a Buddhist? I think all of the REAL stay at home moms that hit up mid-day yoga classes at their local studio think it’s just a type of relaxing exercise (which it is).
-“I have to say that the most interesting part for me has been the practice of keeping my ego in check.”
Do we even have to go there?......