JKhedrup wrote:When people ask me about how such events could have taken place in a peaceful Buddhist country my response is that in Tibet human beings had the same afflictions as everyone else- attachment, anger and ignorance. It just so happens that at the same time they held the most complete corpus of Buddhist Mahayana teachings from India.
wisdombeing wrote:I am an idealist and a pretty kindergarden buddhist so bear with me. I have always considered Buddhism to be peace and light, and that we strive for loving kindness. However, after a few years learning about Buddhism, specifically the vajrayana school, i find that there is a lot of conflict and nasty words for people who have different practices. I don't want to discuss the different practices but would like to focus on the different attitudes. People who say they love HH the Dalai Lama but can be so derogatory and offensive is just contradictory to Buddhism, in my limited view.
Peace to me is also peaceful behaviour to our fellow Buddhists. I mean even in general, Buddhists are not so rude to Christians, who are a different faith, but why are people so nasty to their own? Forget about wars with blood and guts, how about just peaceful coexistence and yes, loving kindness?
JKhedrup wrote:In the book History of Tibet His Holiness explains how he reconciles the two seemingly divergent worlds of profound Tibetan spirituality with its political intrigue. I found his insights very helpful in my own understanding of Tibetan history.
lobster wrote:Should be in for some interesting Dharma as the Buddha comes west . . .
Don't forget Burma!kirtu wrote:So there is a significant issue here (just as for Christianity and Islam for example and now in our own time fundamentalist Hinduism and fundamentalist Buddhism [a la Sri Lanka]).
gregkavarnos wrote:Don't forget Burma!kirtu wrote:So there is a significant issue here (just as for Christianity and Islam for example and now in our own time fundamentalist Hinduism and fundamentalist Buddhism [a la Sri Lanka]).
Directed against the Rohingya Muslim minority*.kirtu wrote:There's fundamentalist Buddhism in Burma? Ah yes - directed against a Christian tribe/people.
gregkavarnos wrote:Directed against the Rohingya Muslim minority*.kirtu wrote:There's fundamentalist Buddhism in Burma? Ah yes - directed against a Christian tribe/people.
*Be warned the link contains very graphic images of violence.
Johnny Dangerous wrote:All you can do is try to not judge a religion by the people who fail miserably to practice it.
kirtu wrote:That's true but in the case of Tibetan Buddhism we are talking about some people who are supposed to be on the bhumis or are actual emanations of Buddhas who failed to act.
shaunc wrote:Just out of interest. Could someone name me a mainstream religion that has not had practitioners involved in war time atrocities. I'd be very interested in learning more about it.
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