Nilasarasvati wrote: MalaBeads wrote:
Nilasarasvati wrote: Oh yeah like abstention could easily be the most compassionate activity available......you could be totally divorced from politics, invested into non-action, etc...but that's only if your Bodhicitta isn't tainted by aversion to all those things.
Nila, you have no idea how funny the first part of your statement is...to me anyway.
As for the second part of what you said, you don't know me or know how much I have or have not been involved in "politics" in my life...or how politics has affected my life. I have had the opportunity, in this very life, to see up close how politics works. It did not improve my opinion of it whatsoever.
Abstention? yeah I admit it sounds pretty funny.
I'm sorry if I implied that I did know much about you, or what's good for you, or anything like that.
I'm still not entirely sure if we're understanding each other.
There are two things I attempt to do on DW. The first is only speak from my own experience. And the second is to not be a parrot.
I don't always succeed at either but thats where my effort is.
With respect to only speaking from my own experience, that means that I post a lot of my own opinions. I am not a teacher (unlike the Loppon here) and as such I do not have a lot of quotes at the ready to back up my teacherly position. As far as I know, Malcolm is the only "teacher" here but once again, i don't everything about everyone here either. There may be others for all I know.
My teacher teaches us to "participate". So thats what I see I am doing here. Participating. I was in the Dharma for many years before I ever said a peep. Turns out I have a lot of opinions. Who knew? Not me.
As for being a parrot. It's just not something I like. I don't like to read the posts of parrots either. (In Zen, this is called being a dreg-slurper.) It's just my personal preference, but I would prefer people to be silent rather than parrot someone else. At least until they are clear about their own experience/opinions. So I try not to do that. Not that I always succeed.
I don't know whether we are understanding each other or not. I don't have a particular goal for you (or anyone actually) to understand me. I am just participating.