nathan wrote:This sounds like the kind of pragmatism that often arises from a maturing practice after some years of confronting many of the forms of idealism that are encountered in the course of that study and practice and also in interaction with various buddhist communities. Its fine imho.
nathan wrote:More specifically however, in regards to forums like this one, it is a difficult stance to adopt in most discussion threads and it will usually result in the poster finding themselves on the receiving end of one or another torrent of posts that do take a very idealistic stance. It is very easy to find suttas and other literature to support very idealistic positions for the purpose of making points in various discussions while any kind of hard won real life experience is typically given relatively no credence whatsoever.
nathan wrote:So I guess I would say, you can get away with writing this kind of stuff if you are, for instance, Jack Kornfield but you can not get away with it if you are, for instance, Daniel Ingram. I don't know why that is, probably for the same kinds of reasons that one person can be popular for the same reasons that another person can be unpopular.
nathan wrote:Which is why I'm forced to conclude that while this kind of understanding can be very helpful in day to day life, it is probably going to be very difficult to try to incorporate it into most of the discussion threads like many of those here at Dhamma Wheel.
retrofuturist wrote: There certainly seems some parallels to Jack's list and (tolerance of) the eight worldly winds/conditions.
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