Wrong Livelihood: Monk’s Alms round

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Re: Wrong Livelihood: Monk’s Alms round

Post by cappuccino » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:55 pm

For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged;
and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.

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Re: Wrong Livelihood: Monk’s Alms round

Post by AgarikaJ » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:53 am

cappuccino wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:55 pm
For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged;
and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.
Quoting Matthew in a discussion about Sila in Theravada?

I am of the opinion that the doctrine the Buddha taught us is the exact opposite: you will neither be judged nor measured, as it is your *personal responsibility* to form your own Kamma. You mess it up, you live with the results (literally, maybe forever).

Nobody will help you with it (but your own practice), nobody will influence it (by taking away the burden of bad Kamma) and no final moment of repentance to trick-clean your slate... no all-powerful creator-deity to which you are subservient and either get punished or rewarded following some arbitrary point system.

It is all a very personal and individual work, but due to this all the more a worthy undertaking [sorry for the ranting].
The teaching is a lake with shores of ethics, unclouded, praised by the fine to the good.
There the knowledgeable go to bathe, and cross to the far shore without getting wet.
[SN 7.21]

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