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Dispassion

Rob_VRob_V North Carolina Explorer

How does one reconcile the tenet of dispassion or 'non-reaction' with 'engaged Buddhism'?

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  • personperson Don't believe everything you think the liminal space Veteran
    edited July 25

    It's a good question. Off the top of my head I might say maybe it has something to do with a lack of attachment to outcomes rather than a lack of compassion?

    I found this article which talks more about detachment, but seems relevant.
    https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/harris/bl141.html

    And this comment thread is good.
    https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/questions/25991/dhamma-makes-one-dispassionate-then-how-can-one-be-compassionate

    adamcrossley
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    How does one reconcile the tenet of dispassion or 'non-reaction' with 'engaged Buddhism'?

    By doing something as if it is nothing.
    https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/vipashyana/commentary-on-the-heart-sutra-dr-berzin/form-is-emptiness-emptiness-is-form

    Fosdickadamcrossley
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    What’s “engaged Buddhism”? Sounds like one of those made up modern expressions

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited July 25

    I think it means 'Humanistic Buddhism'well an offshoot of it ...Thích Nhất Hạnh introduced 'Engaged Buddhism'

    adamcrossley
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    @how said:
    Engaged Buddhism and renunciative Buddhism are the polar opposites of each other.
    While each of these practices have some pros & conns of their own, the Buddhas path towards suffering's cessation actually lies somewhere midpoint between these two.

    It always seemed to me that the Buddha was quite renunciative... he established the monkhood and the rules, and encouraged those who were serious in seeking for enlightenment to be initiated as monks. Although he did also say that many lay followers were quite accomplished in the dhamma.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Engaged Buddhism offers a way for everyday Buddhists to try to make a difference in people's lives right now.

    Will us enraged buddhists have a placement? :open_mouth:

    Dispassion is my passion. In other words we can be 'in the whirled but not off the world'. The ways are many but the path is trod ...

    ... and now back to the OP (Original Poster) ... welcome to NewBuddhist ... :mrgreen:

    adamcrossleyBunksRob_V
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