LonesomeYogurt wrote:I hate to sound dramatic here, but I am absolutely horrified that there are self-identified Buddhists on this board who actually support retaliatory aggression against an ethnic or religious minority.
Apparently, you are not enlightened enough to not make false assumptions about people, and not enlightened enough not to impose stances on people that they do not actually hold.
Where have I said that I was a Buddhist?
Where have I expressed "support [for the] retaliatory aggression against an ethnic or religious minority"?
You're simply assuming these things, taking them for granted. And then you expect me to defend things you merely imagine I said.
It is incredibly dangerous to entertain the thoughts of ill will you are expressing here. Please consider what you are doing before the negative kamma accrued by such an indulgence of aversion and ignorance comes to bear.
Yeah, you should heed that yourself, especially.
binocular wrote:The simple point that you don't seem to understand here is that I am merely wondering about what a realistic and skillful response would be to a situation like the one in Burma.
And we are saying that there is only one realistic and skillful response - nonviolence, compassion, gentleness, and equanimity. Apparently that's too hard for some people to accept, but the Blessed One's teachings aren't going to suggest anything else no matter how hard you search, I promise.
By "realistic", I am referring to a realitic assessment of one's faith in the Buddha's teachings.
One can only act in accordance with the faith that one actually has, not in accordance with the faith that one wishes one would have or falsely presumes to have or thinks one should have.
LonesomeYogurt wrote:Of course not, but I'm "enlightened" enough to know that killing is never wholesome.
Keep in mind that Buddhists from other traditions would disagree with you on that.
Paribbajaka wrote:I am honestly trying to remain calm and civil about this
And being calm and civil is very easy if one doesn't assume all sorts of things about the people one is talking to, and instead asks them to clarify any questions that may come up.