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May 28th, 2006

Finding Fault: Quote of the Day

"In the West, when we start talking about the Dalai Lama, a lot of people see their own projection of who a spiritual leader is supposed to be and what a spiritual leader is supposed to do. They start fault-finding with the leader and structures. The thing about fault-finding is it always works. If you choose to engage in the process of fault-finding, no matter where you look, you'll find faults. And this practice does not cultivate wisdom, compassion and joy."  ~thirdreel, a blogger like you and me :)

Buddhist Philosophy

Quotes from Wikipedia's Buddhist Philosophy page:

Introduction: Readers should note that theory for its own sake is not valued in Buddhism, but theory pursued in the interest of enlightenment for oneself or others is fully consistent with Buddhist values and ethics. ... Buddhism rejects atheism, theism, monism, and dualism alike. The Buddha criticized all concepts of metaphysical being and non-being, and this critique is inextricable from the founding of Buddhism.

on Philosophy or Religion: It should also be noted that in the South and East Asian cultures in which Buddhism achieved most of its development, the distinction between philosophy and religion is somewhat unclear and possibly quite spurious, so this may be a semantic problem arising in the West alone.

on Epistemology: Buddhism ... rejected an inflexible reverence of accepted doctrine.

on Metaphysics: In many or all of these debates, some would point out the irony of pursuing questions which the Buddha was often prone to refuse to answer, on the grounds that they were non-conducive to enlightenment.

on Dependent Origination: It states that events are not predetermined, nor are they random, and it rejects notions of direct causation owing to the need for such theories in the Indian context to be undergirded by a substantialist metaphysics. Instead, it posits the arising of events under certain conditions which are inextricable, such that the units in question at no time have independent existence.

on Ethics: Buddhist teachings claim that there is no real difference between ourselves and others; therefore one should attempt to increase the happiness of all living things as eagerly as one's own.

Buddhist Links

Buddhist Scriptures at Buddhanet

Thervada

Thervada Library

Buddhist Meditation in the Theravada tradition

Tibetan Teachers

Pema Choedroen
http://www.shambhala.org/teachers/pema/index.php

Tenzin Gyatso (HH the XIV Dalai Lama)
http://www.dalailama.com/page.5.htm

Vietnamese Teachers

Thich Nhat Hanh
Community of Mindfulness
published by Parallax