krish5 wrote: ↑Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:23 am I am pretty new to this forum, having been reading some of it here and there and stumbled upon this thread. It is very interesting, the differing opinions. Can someone help me understand the participants here, it seems there are several monks on this thread? They are monastics who have left the world behind and are monks full time, is that so? Which ones are they and where do they live, in the USA or other countries? If they are monks, wouldnt they be more experts or have more expertise than the rest of us?
Retro, you seem to really like Donald Trump. I am curious, do you live in the USA? If not, why do you respect and talk about him so much, am curious?
I know politics is a hotly debatable subject and i understand both sides, am able to see from different perspectives. It would be interesting to keep following this thread and others, especially where Monks are participating. I respect them greatly and want to learn more. I hope they keep sharing on here.
Monastics are not inherently more knowledgeable than lay people.
Living a monastic life has the intention of offering an experiential understanding of the Dhamma in action and daily practice as the total focus of ones activities however there will always be preferences for one flavor or another.
In our views and opinions we all have a certain tendency that we align with or persue. So you are seeing that play out here.
As a monastic I'm certainly not inherently more of an expert on anything in regards to understanding of the dhamma versus a lay person.
However my only clothes are robes and what I eat and recieve is offered to me.
In that way the Dhamma is a full time job and while there may be personal time, I am always on call.
I can never claim to not be a monastic and be held accountable to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha.
That in this case is the unique role of a monk.
Actually it's very important to be mindful of the fact that human experience is tantamount to the a jewel with as many facets as there are atoms in the universe.
So we can understand that people have different perspectives, opinions, and beliefs.
We don't need to know the details of every atom in the universe to treat them with compassion and consideration.
Sometimes it's better to walk away, sometimes it's better to walk forward into that which ails or confuses us.
Regardless we would do well to be gentle, considerate, mindful, and heedful with our words, actions, and thoughts.
Monks are humans, Trump supporters are humans, Black lives Matter.
Let's all do our best to be kind and compassionate to one another regardless of circumstances.