Okay I am not going to argue with that, but you don't think we need to put things into some kind of perspective?Malcolm wrote:gregkavarnos wrote:...all this seems, well... really, unbelievably, like completely... pointless and lacking any essence. So sorry for the attitude.
The suffering of samsara is horrible.
Actually understanding what the term "rig pa" means is important for those who wish to end their suffering, since all Dharma paths, both Hindu and Buddhist, define the cause of suffering as ignorance (avidyā, ma rig pa) and the cause of liberation as knowledge (vidyā, rig pa).
Understanding the distinction between Mahāmudra and Dzogchen is important for those who wish to follow one path versus the other, for whatever their personal reasons may be. For others the distinction may not be important.
Today I was reading about a six year old Chinese child that was abducted and had their eyes removed so that they could steal the cornea and sell them on the organs market. The eyes, which were plucked out of the childs head, were found near the place where the child was found, covered in blood.
On Thursday (tomorrow) the US and its croneys will launch a three day bombardment of Syria in order to depose a brutal dictator accused of using chemical weapons on his subjects (sounds familiar?). Boat loads of Syrian refugees, escaping via Turkey, land on the shores of the island where I live every day. Not all of them make it to shore (alive). This influx of refugees is adding more fuel to the fire of the already tense social situation here in Greece (having absorbed countless Afghan, Kurdish, Pakistani, Iraqi and Bangladeshi refugees already). This is leading to an increase in support for the Neo-Nazi party which currently has 6% of the seats in parliament (polls predict they will take around 14-18% at the next elections).
So, while I can understand that Clarence (for example, I am not trying to pick on you Clarence, ie it is nothing personal) may be upset (suffering) because my view does not accord with theirs, and while I can understand that some people may feel that the difference between rigpa and sems nyid is of vital importance to their liberation. Well... In the grand scheme of things...
May the suffering of all sentient beings be irrevocably ended! May all beings experience the bliss of enlightenment here and now!
OM MANI PEME HUNG
PS Sorry for the interruption people, back to the regular program.