The global warming thread from the lounge and others from the past have got me thinking:
What is a reasonable level of involvement in social/environmental/political/etc. issues while trying to practice the teachings of the Buddha?
Practicing the dhamma seems primarily concerned with adjusting our attitude and understanding as opposed to adjusting the the world. However the Buddha was explicit about how to peacefully engage with others, so the practice does involve the external world to some extent.
Some additional questions:
Does anyone feel that involvement in world issues is crucial to progress on the path?
Is there a point where involvement can counteract or inhibit progress?
How much external adjusting should we do? Does adjusting the external world to be in harmony with internal ideas affect our ability to go the other way and adjust our understanding to be in harmony reality especially when it comes to specific aspects of the dhamma?A couple of rules:
- Only bring up specific world issues if you plan on addressing how they relate to the primary topic of this thread.
- Please keep the specifics about those issues to a minimum as that is not the purpose of this discussion.
- Please do not use this thread to solicit support for any specific issue.
- Keep the drama to a minimum