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@vinlyn I don't think anyone was or is suggesting people not be held accountable. But as far as hatred goes, we are all responsible. There is never a shortage of compassion or speaking out for victims of such crimes. There are, however, many incidents of people decrying these crimes while turning around to commit similar ones, such as our politicians. Just 10 days ago the coalition we command killed 29 civilians, including 14 children. I didn't see a single person mention them. I'm just saying ,we shake our finger at people like the van drivers, but stand silently while others commit the same crimes. We call them justified. Well, so does the other side. We just don't like when they attack us/our allies.
@David does it say something about their path? or the way that person is interpreting that path? Many times people find ways to twist words to justify their beliefs, that doesn't make the problem with the path they are on. They have turned it into something else entirely. If someone thinks their path is superior, that is a problem with that person.
We have to learn to stop giving people reason to hate. We (as in the allied western powers) have created a lot of misery that has contributed to a lot of desperate people. I think everyone has a lot of learning to do to help end the levels of hatred and violence in our world.
I find it presumptive as well, and a bit odd to hear him speaking of souls, and subtle and causal planes/energies. It's also possible his view has changed over the years, the article is from 1998. My sangha leader has met him and been on retreat with him, and really likes him. I don't so much, I just find him "pokey" and kind of boring to read.
For myself, when I met my teacher, I never considered that he was without ego or infallible. He takes his promises to his students very seriously when they take refuge vows with him, and he's very devoted to his students. I don't know anyone, though, who has super-human expectations of him. He talks about how much he misses his mother, and how his father is elderly and not well and it's hard for my teacher to be away for half the year. He discusses the issues he has with living in our world, especially in the US, and his challenges in traveling and eating and all sorts of things. He doesn't put his titles or monkhook on a pedestal, and neither does anyone else. Perhaps that is part of the issue. We want to blame the students for putting the teacher on the pedestal, but how many of those teachers put themselve there, first?
@SpinyNorman I'm not suggesting you didn't experience what you did. Only saying that I have not, in any situation or with any teacher. Like I said, it is somewhat an issue with translation into English as well, as my understanding is that the English versions that are best translated into "small" "great" and "diamond" are not, in their original language, meant to imply superiority. Just my understanding. I do tend to believe the old quote, Eleanor Roosevelt I believe, who said "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Assuming that our beliefs/path are being talked down to is often just that - an assumption and is a result of our clinging to our own view as correct, it would seem.