I`m new to this forum and this is my first post here so dont eat me alive! i`m just fulfilling my childish desire to contribute.
Buddhism has found its way in to my heart and i could say that i`m somewhat serious practitioner.I`m also practising BJJ (gi and no-gi) and MMA. And i also watch UFC regulary, so i quess that i`m the biggest and most violent sinner here.
HOWEVER, to me buddhism and MMA/BJJ practise have nothing to do with each other.To me there is really no point in thinking am i breaking ethical rules of buddhism by practising martial arts because its really not just the action but its the context and mindset behind your actions that might violate buddhist ethics (just like someone wrote allready in this thread).
I personally have no problem with cultivating compassion and bodhichitta and train BJJ/MMA.
Actually i feel that my MMA/BJJ training helps me to bring compassionate attitude in my life. I am not training out of aggression and when we are training, we take care out of each other by not hurting anyone. The point in sparring (especially in MMA) is not to knock your partner to ground but to keep the level of force in punches and kicks tolerable. And if you cant handle your it, you can just say it. Its important that skill-levels meet each other.
And when its about competition it is just a sport. No personal feelings are involved. Of course there are those who take it personally, and give bad name for the sport, but this either is no problem if you are able to keep your heart compassionate.
Besides, if i meet someone in my training how takes things a bit too personally, this is to me an opportunity to put that compassion in a test. Surely we all feel compassion when we are alone, but if we never test it and keep avoiding "negative people" we are just pretending in my opinion. Like Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche puts it, not only we should feel indebt for people who have been kind to us, but also for those who say "frak you". "Negative people" give us as much reason to practise buddhism as bodhisattvas and buddhas do.
And dont think that i am seeing myself as somehow special, and completely free of ill-will and anger and so on. I know that i have problems with people sometimes and that sometimes compassion just seems to diminish. Acltually i have somewhat bad temper with some people.But that just shows the REAL level of my realization.
We need ALL KINDS of people and stressors in our life, not just those in our Sangha no matter how beautiful,realized and compassionate our fellow practitioners may be.
Coz the life itself is the real test.
Om mani padme hum