Re: Buddhist obligations


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Posted by Stephen Pema Dorje on November 22, 1999 at 11:59:16:

In Reply to: Re: Buddhist obligations posted by Sam on November 22, 1999 at 10:15:13:

Sam,
Isn't life great! Buddhist practice and teaching are for me so profound. Since I was a child I've felt a sense of compassion for all life. I wasn't the type to kill things and enjoy hurting some of my generation were. Don't get me wrong, I was far from the ideal(?) child. But hurting others was not in my make up. I have a feeling that you and alot of others were and are the same way. I feel that the public sense of how to treat all life is improving. It's kind of ironic. When I was young, the general attitude was of relentless domination over others, both human and non-human. Thinking otherwise meant you were a "wimp". Now if we feel this way, we're compassionate. It's not that compassion has changed, just the public's view for the most part. That's why I do respect this practice, and the practice of other religions that embrace love and caring. I still struggle with caring for all beings, especially the really mean ones(humans). But that's my delusion and it shows me that sometimes the hardest path and decisions are the best. Peace to you Sam, and everyone.

Stephen


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