I found galangal at the Food Coop! This Southeast Asian relative of ginger is a common ingredient in Thai cooking. My neighbor who lives in Bangkok sent me a simple recipe for mushroom soup
. Now that i have galangal, i have to find substitutes for everything else.
Instead of lemongrass, i use lemon balm from my herb garden. Instead of shallots, i use onions. Instead of straw and oyster mushrooms, i use regular button mushrooms from the fridge. I use chicken broth instead of vegetable stock. There is no substitute for kaffir lime leaves, and i leave out the chiles.
This concoction probably would not pass the palate test of an authentic Thai, but i don't know any better, and the soup tastes delicious to me.
Some of us doctor our spiritual path. We follow our own hearts and minds. We adopt a philosophy that makes sense to us, and discard the teachings that we just can't believe. Pretty soon, we have a spiritual soup, which feels good and may even "taste" good.
But just how successful are we at doctoring ourselves? Is our doctored-up path going to take us where we, in our heart of hearts, want to go?
The Buddha offered a stiff prescription:
Life includes stress and suffering.
(The First Ennobling Truth)
The etiology of the dis-ease
(The Second Ennobling Truth)
The prognosis for our case
Cessation. Liberation is possible.
(The Third Ennobling Truth)
The remedy, the Rx
The Noble 8-fold Path.
(The Fourth Ennobling Truth)
Shall we follow the Buddha's Rx? Or our own recipe?
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