"Seeing danger in the slightest fault" is a phrase often found in the suttas.
Vern Stevens wrote:One ought to engage in their practice to the best of their own reasoning mind. I think that is why some Buddhist are pacifists and some are not; their reasoning minds lead them to different conclusions. I'm not sure what your position is on karma, but I'm sure some Buddhists might be more concerned with the karmic impact of killing another sentient being than on saving this particular life. What places you in a position to tell them what they ought view?
What places you
in a position to tell them what they ought view?
Note how I have never told anyone what to do.
Aloka wrote:You are side stepping my question and diverting to something different.
I don't think so.
Looks like this topic is too hot for this forum ...
Many posters are outraged with the news about what is going on in Burma, and what the monks there supposedly do, criticizing and berating the Burmese.
I pointed out that 1. we don't know what exactly is going on there, and there is reason to believe that some media reports are false, and 2. I have offered some explanations for why things could be happening in Burma the way they are reported.
True to my screen name, I am trying to be a person with two eyes: to see both - or more - sides of the story. That's all.
"Monks, do not wage wordy warfare, saying: 'You don't understand this Dhamma and discipline, I understand this Dhamma and discipline'; 'How could you understand it? You have fallen into wrong practices: I have the right practice'; 'You have said afterwards what you should have said first, and you have said first what you should have said afterwards'; 'What I say is consistent, what you say isn't'; 'What you have thought out for so long is entirely reversed'; 'Your statement is refuted'; 'You are talking rubbish!'; 'You are in the wrong'; 'Get out of that if you can!'
"Why should you not do this? Such talk, monks, is not related to the goal, it is not fundamental to the holy life, does not conduce to disenchantment, dispassion, cessation, tranquillity, higher knowledge, enlightenment or to Nibbana. When you have discussions, monks, you should discuss Suffering, the Arising of Suffering, its Cessation, and the Path that leads to its Cessation. Why is that? Because such talk is related to the goal... it conduces to disenchantment... to Nibbana. This is the task you must accomplish."
— SN 56.9