Wicca and Buddhism

*sigh* Work on my pages has totally stalled lately. I haven’t done much work on Tarot in the past week. I’m not really sure why. I guess other things seem more important sometimes. And it wasn’t really a great week either. But things seem to be calming down, and the Christmas/Yule decorating is done. I think the tree looks rather pretty too.

I’ve started trying to learn C++ again. There is something Zen about programming. Even doing something as “simple” as an Access database. When things are going right, I sort of get into this groove. One piece of code quickly flows from the last. And even when things aren’t going so well, I still have a great feeling that comes from trying to get things to work out. What I need is to get into a groove learning C++ again, and then come up with a project to work on. Sometimes I really think I should go back to school, since finding a job here isn’t really working out.

On a sort of unrelated topic, I’m reading a pretty good book called The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck. It’s hard to say exactly what it’s about. Being a better person, I guess. It’s more or less a psychology book on values and spiritual growth. Anyway, he starts out with one of the Four Noble Truths, Life is suffering. Well, I totally agree. Life is suffering. Sure, it may suck. But you learn a heck of a lot more when you suffer and work through your problems, then when you hide from your problems or are in a period of no movement. I’m really starting to think that a lot of Buddhist ideas really fit in well with Wicca. I think in some ways the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path are important teachings for Wiccans. We may not see all life as suffering, because we tend to be a rather upbeat group of people. But I think we can recognize and perhaps even incorporate these teachings into Wicca.

Hmmm… I think this would be a good essay topic for my site. I really must get back to work on it.