duckfiasco wrote:All of us are deluded to some extent. I'm not sure how helpful a highway will be to someone with very little skill in concentration versus said mountaintop. Do we let them stay with "well my mind is just deficient" or suggest means to compensate for deficiencies so a little wisdom can grow?
Falsely imputed or not, said impediments apparently exist so we must work with them. So in this context, does modernity significantly impede practice?
FWIW I think a lot of modernity DOES contribute to absentmindedness and impatience at the very least. The advent of scientific influence in our society has also brought a mindset that says if it can't be measured and turned into data, it doesn't exist or has no meaningful impact. I think that is very unfortunate.
Huseng wrote:Last year I lived for three and a half months on a mountain top in Ladakh ...
PadmaVonSamba wrote:Is modernity bad for practice?
1. Tell me, how did you come to learn about Buddhism?
2. What is modernity, and how does it reduce one's ability to developing compassion?
Astus wrote:Should rebirth be part of education?
Johnny Dangerous wrote:Then again, paradoxically it is elements of that same modernity that made the Dharma available at all to those of us not born near it. Undeniable there are more people practicing the Dharma now (however imperfectly) due to it.
tobes wrote:And though I broadly take your point, I think there are certain dangers in reifying the mountaintop. Being attached to beauty, stillness, calm - even the highest of formless meditative states - is still being attached.
I think it is a very romanticist mindset that conceives of Buddhist liberation as somehow apart from or agonal to modernity. Ironically, such a mindset is one of the hallmarks of modernity - the longing for a past golden age, where the pressures of speed, instrumental rationality et al were not manifest.
Huseng wrote:In ancient times as well many believed liberation was best achieved away from people and civilization. The forest and mountains were their monasteries.
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