Almaril wrote:Greets everyone!
I don't really see what is the problem - the basis of this avoidance - of meeting people who are doing drugs. I am quite new to practical buddhism and just starting to take my spiritual journey into my hands, but this made me wonder.
Specially I am thinking about thc (pot) or psychedelics, such as LSD or mushrooms. Why on one hand I understand that one tries to live a pure life - like the opener of this topic - and get away from addictive and harmful influences I feel that we, human beings are somewhat responsible for each other. And whilethere is the chance of "getting burned" while hanging out in social drinking nights, but making friends and sharing the Dharma with a bit more tolerance towards people can be something really valuable for both peers. Also, my really strong impression through meeting a decent amount of people who are engaged with psychoactive substances - still, mostly thinking about THC, LSD and shrooms - that they are really open to spirituality and does seek connection with the Dharma through these extraordinary experiences.
Am I being too Mahayana?
I guess that whatever school of Buddhism one feels closer to, for as long as one is prone to unwholesome behaviours, it's useful to have friends who are going to support one and lead by good example, than the opposite. Sure, once you are established in moral conduct (and some wisdom), it's a different story and the wonderful diversity of the human condition will appear in a very different light.
Until then, I think "the bad stuff" will rub off!
(I know it does on me, though the responsibility is entirely mine)