317Re: [U-Zendo] anger(CHAT)
- Aug 14, 2006On 8/14/2006 4:41:38 AM, Weasel Tracks (weaseltrax@...) wrote:
> Hi, Lee! Hope life is good for you.Howdy!
> I have a problem with your last sentence. Perhaps you wrote it
> quickly and it doesn't
> say quite what you mean.
Our paradigm is the same, in that it is based on assumptions like
every other paradigm. The details really don't matter. Only that we
hold them as truth without questioning them. We think the scientific
method protects us from false assumptions, but it doesn't do so
automatically/magically. It takes effort. Ideally, in science, we
try to separate our feelings from our objective examinations of the
world. This parallels Buddhist views on anger. But as Katagiri used
to say, A fish does not know he swims in the sea. A bird does not
know he flies in the sky. Only by knowing that our thoughts are
probably mistaken, can we make allowances for them.
Also, Buddhism has no corner on dealing with anger. All of the
mystical traditions deal with it in one way or the other. Most
orthodoxies, even in Buddhism forget them. My wife Jean was talking to
her Japanese students about what the local Buddhist Priest charges for a
funeral. The base funeral is about $10,000.00 $5,000.00 if you are
poor. Much more if you are wealthy.
Here is an example from Sufi Islam:
Swallow Your Anger Then Digest It
Excerpts from the book Ocean of Unity
Sheik Nazim Al-Qubrusi
"One of the most harmful weeds, the most inimical to our spiritual
growth is the anger generated by the vanity of our egos. When anger
rages it engulfs the light of faith, transforming in into fire. The
light of Faith is the pure light of God, but when it is transformed into
fire it no longer illumines, it burns."
The seed of war comes from the moment we create us and them. If
we are only critical of THEM, we fire the first gun. It is important
to see these things as OUR human problem. We are all capable of the
same mistakes. We make them all the time.
'I have lived on the very brink of insanity,
demanding to know Why?
hammering on the door.
I was knocking from the inside!'
Lee in Mashiko, Japan
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