Moderator: Tibetan Buddhism moderators
catmoon wrote:Maybe the future of Japanese Buddhism WAS in Shoko's hands. Apparently he dropped the ball.
Sheila wrote:I haven't seen anything to indicate that Tibetan Buddhism has a bad name.
There are definite hazards. A sore posterior from listening to hours of great teaching on works of Atisha, sore fingers from weeding garlic mustard on the center grounds, and a sore belly from laughing at the humorous perplexities of life.
Raksha wrote:Sheila wrote:With all due respect, I don't think showing human kindness to anyone is considered messing up, at least not in Buddhism.
His Holiness told Shoko Asahara, 'The future of Japanese Buddhism is in your hands' Doh! I'm not doubting that His Holiness' motivation was pure, as always, I'm simply saying that he seriously misjudged this chap. So I repeat, even the greatest Lamas can occasionally mess up.
Sheila wrote:Well...we are responsible for our own karma. All the diplomats, world leaders, family members, and regular people who were kind to Jeffrey Dahmer (or other serial killers) on a daily basis--they're not responsible for his terrible acts.
If showing normal human kindness, or human fellowship, automatically makes us a bad person when other people in our lives then go on to do something awful, that would be a sad reality. The truth is, it only makes them an awful person--not us, and not all the other humans in their life.
The Dalai Lama who met Shoko Asahara, the world leaders who cordially met Hitler in the 1930s, the friends and acquaintances of Jeffrey Dahmer--none of these innocent people are clairvoyant, none of them have magical powers that can predict the future. They aren't able to forecast another's terrible actions. So, since we can't know ahead of time what anyone's actions will be, the only proper thing to do is show human kindness.
The Dalai Lama also met Mao Zedong, who went on to be responsible for countless millions of deaths. The Dalai Lama was friendly to him and showed him human kindness, because this is what he believes is important. If the Dalai Lama met a murderer tomorrow, he would show him human kindness.
It's easy to try to find wider blame for awful things, but in reality the ultimate blame lies within samsara and within each individual's choices in samsaric life.
Raksha wrote:When Karma Thinley Rinpoche was asked to take sides in the Karmapa controversy he said ' Perhaps they are both the Karmapa.' . In this way he is one of the very few to have remained completely neutral. His student Jampa Thaye has however chosen to take sides. This has required him to make certain political alliances, which he might ordinarily have avoided. For the same reason, the other faction has had to make equally regrettable alliances. What a mess!
Users browsing this forum: deff, Google [Bot] and 9 guests