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February 17, 2020


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Why don't you suss out the snakes in your own garden you old goat?

N. Yeti.;

Your delusions are amusing to read.

You judge the world, as such, based on the limited input of data your human mind collects on any given day, and yet I see no signs of you having so far managed to find a way to prevent your next rebirth. I am talking about your karmic blueprint matrix for your next body continuously and meticulously being established (in the awaiting bardo realm) as you approach your coming corporeal death in this realm.

Concerning your negative thoughts and reasoning on today's generations not reading much of Buddhist Literature...well here are the best sellers on Amazon's top list of what they prefer to read in terms of Buddhist Literature ;


I could, of course, post links to other ref sources but I think you get my point.

I think the top sellers on the linked page are rather fine literature and I still see hope in these present young generations that try so hard to survive in a world, the generations of their parents, and grandparents managed to mess up pretty good.

As you read this comment, old Buddhist monks in Bhutan, Nepal, and other northern parts of India, tirelessly teach children to read sutras and grow a passion for the dharma.

Same thing in Vietnam, Burma, Thailand. There are thousands upon thousands of teens in Europe who find comfort in Buddhist literature, especially when they see the suffering in the world in a way past generations couldn't due to lack of instant communications and information retrieval. The Buddhas assist in so many expedient ways it is impossible, most arrogant and a sure sign of great ignorance, to assert the opposite.

As long as a single candle shines in a dark room there is always hope of sentients being attracted to it and by being guided by its light will inevitably be able to find the exit from this darkness into to a brighter future.

This is a very important point you are making. I agree this is a terrible problem in our age.

The way it appears to me is that we have in the West an overly commercialized culture. Everything is for sale. "Online dating" for example has all but destroyed the real kinds of connections and commitments that distinguish healthy sexual relationships from selfish pleasure-seeking or even prostitution, and the result has been very damaging to our culture and society. This is just one worldly example, and there are so many others, such as employers continually "shopping" for employees rather than training and developing them, choosing instead to discard those who do not, for whatever reason, fit the current market demands. I think this is very uncompassionate and ultimately creates an evil and backstabbing society where loyalty and support for others becomes secondary to profit and immediate gain.

In a spiritually dark time such as ours, it is also easy to see how this commercial mentality has entered into Zen and the Buddhadharma, which it should be pointed out has no "owner" or ultimate authority unlike the world of things and ideas. There is nothing wrong with dipping one's toes in before plunging into the deep end, and let's face it for most people what Zen points to can be completely overwhelming if all they know is "academic" Buddhism or what they've seen in pop culture such as movies or books (does anyone read books anymore, much less the great sutras and primary texts of Buddhism?).

But what happens today, apart from the conscription of Buddhism in to corporate "mindfulness" seminars sold for profit (and by the way so many Zen and Buddhist teachers are basically barkers in the market place, ever seeking profit and ego supply), is that people search in Buddhism for bits and pieces that fit into their (false) already constructed "world view" instead of meeting Zen on Zen's terms -- which require at some point humility, diligence, and willingness to renounce such views in order to encounter reality as it is, not as we project it or conceptualize it.

It's a very unfortunate trend and one that I do not see has an easy way to fix it because it is becoming the prevailing practice of Buddhism rather than an aberrance.

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