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Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

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Re: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

Postby Individual » Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:19 pm

When it comes to worrying about others' wrong views and my own, my own are far more important. In the long-run, wrong views will take care of themselves, because by being in conflict with reality, they plant the seed for their own destruction. And right views will take root, because by being in accordance with reality, they contain the seed of their own transcendence. Even if the whole world were destroyed and all of humanity was gone, there would still be right view and the capacity to distort it, to create wrong views.

I find that the most successful way for the Dhamma to be spread is through thoughtful, sincere, humble one-on-one discussions among friends, in which neither side has an agenda. When a person proselytizes, whether subtly or blatantly, it tends to cause people to retract. So, even if your view is the right one, you're not going about it in an effective way.

If you develop enough virtue, I think it would become all the more clear how worthless proselytizing is. Because with virtue, you can end up with thousands of people worshiping you and following you around, like the character, Brian, in Monty Python's Life of Brian. People like virtue because it is a rare thing. If you could follow all of the Vinaya rules, joyously, and devote yourselves in every moment to the good of others, anyone who knew you would be so inspired by your life and hang on your every word.

...But instead of doing this, we'd rather set up some crafty online community, googlebomb to get it to #1, and set up attack-sites to "spread the word" about our enemies. :rofl:
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Re: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:47 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

Postby nathan » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:43 pm

But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

Postby Individual » Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:18 am

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:34 am

Greetings Individual,

I guess the rules say nothing about forums that don't exist any more... :rofl:

It's a shame there was no transfer of ownership in that instance.

Metta,
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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

Postby Individual » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:01 am

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:29 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine


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