9724Re: [TBG] How can we as Buddhist develop more Compassion ?:
- Dec 4, 2007Isn't the real issue here kind and gentle speech and skillfullness
(which I think are particularly important online since one can't see
the facial expressions of people reading one's messages) rather than
whether someone is or isn't a monk (but, nonetheless a sentient being
who's wellness we should wish for)? I (personally) believe the
original motivation for the posting with links was positive and am
not (personally) interested in whether the person posting the message
is a monk or not. Further, I find it ironic and more than a little
disheartening that a thread about compassion, in one of the more
compassionate parts of the internet, degenerates into an exchange
which strikes me as far from compassionate. So, for the benefit of
ALL subscribers of this list could I respectfully request/suggest
that members exercise a measure of restraint and skillfullness
(motivated by compassion, being mindful particularly of 'right
speech') before posting messages which might be misconstrued and
cause mental anguish in fellow subscribers!
--- In email@example.com, "dorjeshonnu"
> Steven Levey <sallev1@> wrote:
> > Is it that I am not a Buddhist Monk for appreciating the links,
> > the one sending the links not a Buddhist monk? And just whatstate of
> > mind are you in to overlook the value of links, which offer somuch
> > to the student regarding bodhicitta, so that you might beaccusatory.
> > Is that not the opposite of the intention here?of
> Peter Ray is not a Buddhist monk. Peter Ray represents himself as
> Thubten Pema Tenzin, a purported monk, and a purported tulku. We are
> each capable of assessing the value of links on our own. The value
> dharma is beyond dispute; this is irrelevant. The actions of PeterRay
> in providing these links is an appropriation of dharma content withan
> the intent of misrepresentation of his identity online as not only
> ordained, but also an accomplished source of refuge. Thus while theany
> content is positive, the karma involved is negative.
> The compassionate action in this case is to take steps to correct
> misrepresentations of identity that Peter Ray undertakes.Particularly
> before he begins soliciting donations on the basis of theseSteven.
> misrepresentations - again. Thank you for the direct question
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