the Buddhas teachings are a complete set of instructions, they can be looked at for a particular use, but the tools can be, and are useful for a wide variety of situations, you don't use a hammer to screw in a lightbulb, but a hammer can be used for more than putting nails in a wall!Dan74 wrote:Not sure what you mean here.
which was a response to posts about my post.That's great! The post above was actually in response to Retro.
interesting considering you earlier put thisThere are countless opportunities to practice compassion throughout the day - from tending to my children when they are hurt or sad, being there for my partner, my parents, my students, etc. I've worked with people who have killed and abused children as a prison Buddhist chaplain too.
It's a great practice, a difficult practice (for me) and I fail often. I get irritated, overexcited, frustrated, etc. But to me, the important part is to keep it real and not disappear up my backside in some pseudo-Buddhist guise. To bring all of what I am to the interaction rather than my Buddhist persona - let it all hang out and deal with it as it is rather than as it should be. The prisoners were actually good teachers and they stripped me of a lot of nonsense in the first year that I was there. Also my kalyana-mittas, kids, my partner.
the purpose of practice is to see things as they are and act appropriately, no psudo-buddhist guise, or trying to see things other than how they are, just being truly balanced and calm with the way things are.I will just cultivate an insular quietism which bolsters the delusion of self.
something I have learnt about failing in the practice is that it isn't what we are doing, but the reasons behind it, are we holding back practising fully, are we not protecting the cultivated skilful mind states?
The Buddha was uncompromising when it came to violence, war... Ghandhi was the same, violence wasn't the way; and they was respected for it, they kept it real, but they also didn't go with the flow of the world (which is what is generally meant with keeping it real.) those who go against the flow of the world and are not denying reality and are far more real than you may think.
(Edit= just corrected typos etc...