I find it sort of unfortunate when a group of Buddhists gather to discuss something outside of their field of expertise, like ecology in this case, or the economic situation
, or they just talk about things generally
, like "Hawaiian Sacred Dance of Hula", "Zen of Knitting" and "Tai Chi". Why is it that almost exclusively scholars discuss
something relevant to Buddhism? Is it that Buddhists want to impress people how they can touch on newspaper topics, or things one would read in magazines
, while academics don't mind talking about whatever they prefer to research, even if nobody else comes to listen outside of that area of knowledge?
"While teachers of the middle way, mind only, transcendent wisdom, mantra, and other schools may have their own assertions, the fulfillment of those intentions is the same. There is not a single thing that is not contained within mind."
(Gampopa to Düsum Khyenpa, in "The First Karmapa", KTD Pub, p254)
“If you recognize the world of appearance and existence as the mind, realize the mind itself as empty, and have no grasping at the superiority of your realizations — this is the ultimate view."
(Chegom Dzongpa, in "The Book of Kadam", Wisdom Pub, p609)