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Whydoes Buddhism need Debates?
« on: June 06, 2015, 06:33:21 pm »
 Khenpo Tamgrin Rinpoche:

There are always some debates among different branches of Buddhism. When you debate, you need toknow the view of the other parties, and then defend your own view  and destroy  theirs. You should never build your arguments merely for the point of debate.Instead, you choose the great emptiness through debating, to illustrate the truth of Dharma.
You don’t always need a partner to debate with. You can debate with yourself. We always say ‘big doubt, big enlightenment; medium doubt, medium enlightenment; small doubt,small enlightenment; no doubt no enlightenment.’ You need to observe, start todoubt and then give yourself an answer, in this way to establish the view of truth in your continuity. Debate with yourself first to understand and solve the doubt. Then debate with other beings around you and help them to understand and solve their doubt. This is self-enlightenment and enlighten sothers: Awaken yourself and leverage it to awaken others.
If you just say‘self-enlightenment and enlightens others’ but do nothing, how are you going to achieve the goal? No way. As the so-called ‘Big doubt, big enlightenment’ goes,the bigger the doubts, the further you can make through. Similarly, small doubts lead to small progress. ‘No doubt, No enlightenment’ just means there would be no progress if you don’t doubt anything. So, debating is a must-do.



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