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Food for thought...
« on: April 04, 2010, 10:14:52 am »
I'm affiliated with the Sangha of Kongtrul Rinpoche even though I've never been there in person.  Kongtrul Rinpoche is my root guide through stormy times even though he has never met me, I listen to his teachings.  He broadcasts via webinar for an hour on Sundays.  He said today in his morning teachings, "Being critical has to go hand in hand with being positive."  He also adds (my paraphrasing) that for one to stay positive one has to believe in the basic goodness of the human heart.  He compares critical intelligence being the factor that makes you be able to discern the difference between just driving a car and knowing how the car works.  One's critical thinking, he says, must always be positive.  Otherwise we end up with the "Puritanical Syndrome" that even the Buddha is unclean or unwhole because one's viewing through a "critical" lens.  But he says, how can they be ignorant, they're teaching us!  So the Western tendency is to view "critical thinking" through a "destructive" or "deconstructive" filter where goodness and purity are not part of the vocabulary.  But to have positive thinking enhances one's critical intelligence and skillful means.  But the main aspect to cultivate a critical intelligence we must have lots of patience and to do that we weaken "emotionalisms" which occur when we feel that we don't deserve something, but it IS HAPPENING.  We don't want or want we tie our emotionality around it.  Viewing it critically means to see there is pain, and to see that this is (whatever event) is happening NOW.  So how do we handle others when we see another person has good intentions, but they are suffering, and their action is reflecting this.  How do we keep the positivity.  He says one way to look at them is to view them as someone who is doing their best despite their ignorance, so we feel compassion for them, it humanizes them.  And then we see they are like us, like anyone, wrong or right they mean well.  So when we ask "Why is this happening to me? Why do I deserve this" this very kind of question takes away from one's compassion.  We are so worried about ourselves, we may not acknowledge that THEY are doing their best and just like us they wish to be happy and long to be free from suffering.  So all that happens, we see is happening despite the person's awareness, we see people more through their intentions less through their acts.  Since action IS karma, since we don't want more karma, Right View is starting with this: everyone wishes to be free from suffering and wishes to be happy.  

I will stretch it even further:  Every sentient being who can feel wishes not to hurt. 

This has helped me understand how my view of others has been shifting drastically because the focus has shifted from the action to the intention.  Curious progress.  My butchered version of todays teachings.
« Last Edit: April 04, 2010, 10:22:22 am by 0gyen Chodzom »
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Offline Ngawang Drolma

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Re: Food for thought...
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 01:50:05 am »
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So when we ask "Why is this happening to me? Why do I deserve this" this very kind of question takes away from one's compassion.

Hi 0gyen, thanks for sharing your interpretation of the teaching you heard.  The part I quoted struck a chord with me; it makes a lot of sense at a logical level and an emotional level  :)

Best,
Laura

 


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