kkrotu wrote:Tell me more abouth phowa.
kkrotu wrote:By this I mean forcing another person to become enlightened(or at least to start walking on the path to enlightenment).I wonder if one way to do this is through the use of iddhi(supernormal powers) .
Dharmaswede wrote:And can they be applied ethically on non-Buddhists, such as hardcore atheists and Christians?
kkrotu wrote:Is there any whay to achieve such a thing as forceful enlightenment? By this I mean forcing another person to become enlightened(or at least to start walking on the path to enlightenment).
I wonder if one way to do this is through the use of iddhi(supernormal powers) .
I am aware that the usual opinion abouth enlightenment is that "None but ourselves can free our minds". I am also aware that any forceful act is an immoral act because it means stealing that person's freedom. And since the search for enlightenment is a search for the ultimate freedom , the last thing you should be thinking about is stealing someone else's freedom.
But my point is : wouldn't forcing someone to see that enlightenment is possible through any kind of way (including the display of iddhi) be in fact a good thing? Wouldn't it be like in the case of a child that doesn't yet know right from wrong nor can the child understand why one thing is right and another wrong and you force him to do what you know to be right.
The only metaphor i can think of to prove that forceful enlightenment (if such a thing were possible) is wrong would be:
When a person is not ready to open his eyes and yet you force him to open his eyes, then the light could blind him forever.
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