waterchan wrote:David N. Snyder wrote:Otherwise, I am all in favor of a good laugh, good comedy, etc. I also find some instances of humor in the Suttas which have been discussed here and in other threads. Laughter and smiling can be useful and it is contagious (in a good way). And I like Ajahn Brahm, the "Seinfeld of Buddhism."
How do you come to terms with the sutta passage that "Laughter is childishness in the Noble One's discipline", and that to just smile is enough? Don't you feel any cognitive dissonance whenever that passage is brought up?
I don't make laughter the principle aim of life. There are some people who believe they are comedians (all the time). You probably know some people like that -- they make jokes all day long, making a joke of everything; and usually they are not very funny at all. But if something funny is mentioned I might laugh and I might make a joke (or attempt at one) when the timing is right and only if it is wholesome and not offensive. I don't make attempts at being funny all the time, nor do I shun away all humor either.
In this middle way approach, there is no cognitive dissonance, as far as I can tell.