Re: preaching to the converted?

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Posted by Stephen Pema Dorje ( on June 25, 2000 at 08:40:28:

In Reply to: preaching to the converted? posted by Josephine Smith on June 24, 2000 at 23:06:22:

Hi Josephine...
Just wanted to respond as far as my practice goes.
"Not to do harm" entails alot of factors as you stated.
To supply money/alcohol to an alcoholic is harming,
to not give these is harm in their mind, as an example.

You use the term "want" a few times in your posting.
This is a root of alot of problems. Buddhists (at least myself)
don't really blame desire for the worlds problems.
Desire, I feel, isn't the real problem. Desire is a human emotion
along with alot of others. The real problem arises when that
"desire" controls our actions, speech and thoughts. I at times desire
a nice home, ice-cream, a thank-you, etc. But these desires
aren't the focus of my life, work and so on.
Greed, anger and ignorance are the true roots of
most, if not all the worlds problems.

The other issue you brought up is compromise. You state that you feel that
compromise means that neither person is content.
That's the problem. The attachment to always being content.
If I have a diagreement with someone, my need for contentment
could be based on greed, anger or ignorance. To
jeapordize lasting peace or compromise because of a
need for contentment doesn't make sense to me.

As far as acting contrary to my will, that is the
the whole basis of buddhist practice. To learn to not
let your "will" control your life is, to me, not "harmful",
but a big step to realizing the buddha in all of us,
or enlightenment.

As I stated earlier, this is just my opinion and
part of my practice. Peace and compassion to you always,

Stephen Pema Dorje

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