flyingOx wrote:Well, I don't think it is very compassionate nor very wise if you ask me. You encourage me to either commit myself to being insane or else get more religious. That does not sound like true concern to me. That sounds a bit hateful, but may all the love in the universe be sent your way, all of you.
If you expect kindness to be only one way you miss the kindness that isn't that way try reading MN58
I think that many misunderstand me. I am not shy to rebuke. I welcome correction when it is needed. IF it is needed. I discipline myself far greater than anyone else can, and yes, even in this statement that I am making has a subtle tint of pride in it. I am well aware of that. However, many seem to be under the impression that it is warrented to go about pointing out other people's flaws and instigating gossip based on fear by misreading what others have said in order to be seen as the one with the answers who knows how things should be or how things should be fixed. Some believe that because they have been in a religion longer, have meditated longer, and know more words of wisdom that they obviously know more truth than someone who happens to be new to thier particular religion. This is not always the case:
"A true seeker of truth though he may speak only little of the
Buddha’s word. He may not be able to recite extensively from
religious texts. But, if he belongs to the teaching of the Buddha
assiduously, lives in accordance with the teachings of the
Buddha, if he has got rid of passion, ill-will and delusion, he
has well penetrated experience and is free from clinging to
worldly things, he is a partaker of the life of a renunciate."
And in saying this also, I do not mean to be preaching. I merely bring this verse to your attention for consideration.
Perfect peace to all.
One is encouraged to seek the truth, but be warned if you ever find it, you will be treated as blasphemous.