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Offline Ganderunda

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Buddhism and Ethical Discussion
« on: October 15, 2012, 10:02:15 pm »
I was wondering if there is a place in Buddhism for discussions of moral and ethical dilemmas.  Certainly many dharma talks and discussions address our behavior in different situations.

The classic example: a train is going down a track where 5 people are standing.  You see a switch that could change the direction of the train to go down a track that would only hit one person.  What do you do?  I heard an extension of this question: what if you had to physically push the one person into the way of the speeding train to save the 5 people?  How does being physically connected and responsible change the situation and your feelings?  What if they are 5 criminals to be saved versus 1 child, etc, etc.

There is a part of me that feels such discussions are useless and intellectual.  But I was wondering if there is a time and place for such discussions and how Buddhism fits.


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Re: Buddhism and Ethical Discussion
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2012, 07:24:46 pm »
There is a part of me that feels such discussions are useless and intellectual. 
That part may be called wisdom. Following that wisdom you conduct yourself/practice in order to be capable to act rightly in all situations that may arise.  :fu:

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Re: Buddhism and Ethical Discussion
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012, 12:54:51 am »
There is a part of me that feels such discussions are useless and intellectual.  But I was wondering if there is a time and place for such discussions and how Buddhism fits.
You already found an answer.

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Re: Buddhism and Ethical Discussion
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2012, 06:37:35 am »
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There is a part of me that feels such discussions are useless and intellectual.  But I was wondering if there is a time and place for such discussions and how Buddhism fits.

When it applies to real situations. When it gives guidance and meaningful templates for appropriate responses. Useful.
If someone needs time and experience and will gain from developing insight, just providing answers may be detrimental to their independence.

So time, place and context and the means to explore the application are all involved.

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Re: Buddhism and Ethical Discussion
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2012, 12:09:52 am »
Thank you all for the wonderful support.  You saw my question for what it really was, before I really understood where it was coming from.


 


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