greentara wrote:Buddhasoup "Love, kindness, empathy. Passion. Mutual intellect and cultural curiosity. These are all Buddhist qualities" Maybe these are delightful human qualities but passion and cultural curiosity have very little to do with buddhism. Pause and please reflect the teachings of the buddha are for those with only a little dust in their eyes.
Well, I guess my response would be for you to take a spin through the paramitas, as well as the Noble Eightfold Path, and tell me I'm just out of line here.
Some literary license should be available on the point I was trying to make. Another point that I can make is that so long as we as practitioners get caught up in the ego sense of being a standard bearer for strict Buddhavacana, and forget that being a Buddhist means being buddha, we can find a problem with any statement, or with any person. I do find some practitioners are far too wrapped up in being strict, and forget to be kind.
My impression of reading the sutras is that the Tatagatha was not a harsh person. I have this sense of kindness and calm wisdom coming from him. So, in relationships, we can take this same sense of peaceful prajna and apply it to our relationships. That's all I was trying to say. The Dharma is for everyone, dusty eyes or not.
" Moved by Brahma’s passionate plea, the Buddha surveyed the world with his spiritual eye and saw that there were indeed people of different predilections – ‘some with little dust in their eyes and with much dust in their eyes, with keen faculties and with dull faculties … easy to teach and hard to teach.’ His deep compassion (karuna) stirred by this vision, the Buddha resolved to remain in the world and accept Brahma’s request to teach the dhamma to all:
‘Open for them are the doors to the deathless,
Let those with ears now show their faith …’ "
“If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?”
― Siddhārtha Gautama