Coyote wrote: Getting inspiration is another matter but other traditions sometimes have a radically different understanding of the goal, so it doesn't really make sense to take too much from them.
Yes indeed. I've been inspired
by Zen poetry, the Mahayanist 'Bodhisattva's guide', some of the words of Jesus, and some of the poems of Rumi; but when it comes to actual practice,
it's straight-down-the-line Theravada Buddhist. But inspiration
can be found in many places, ime, even in science sometimes. So long as it's just a sip, and we don't get so involved with it that we go off-course and stray from the Eightfold Path.
For example -
May I be protector for those without one,
A guide for all travellers on the way;
May I be a bridge, a boat and a ship
For all who wish to cross (the water).
May I be an island for those who seek one
And a lamp for those desiring light,
May I be a bed for all who wish to rest
And a slave for all who want a slave.
- For me, (apart from that last line about being a slave), those are among the most beautiful verses I've ever read. But when it comes to actual practice,
I tread the path of a disciple. Which afaik is how most beings come to the ending of all sorrow. Much fewer come to the final cessation of dukkha as Sammasambuddhas (someone correct me if I'm wrong please).