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Does evangelism really help others?
This came up for me on the recent thread on vows about the wide range of views of them. Some were related to meditative practice and some to the serving of others.
Somewhere between indifference and evangelism is skillful means.
To me skillful means is the active addressing of ones own hindrances that then can help others with theirs. The problem arises when one allows the difficult work of trying to address one's own hindrances to become subjugated by a focus on helping others. Such an imbalance makes the practice of serving others, just another way of solidifying everyone's ego.
Its easy for most of us to see the limits of indifference but for spiritual enthusiasts, evangelism is often not recognized for being just as ego bound. This problem inflicts students and masters alike.
Just try to find a Buddhist teacher in scandal who hasn't surrounded themselves with their own evangelicals.