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  •  Hi! (4+ / 0-)

    Loved your diary. Feel a lot of kinship, not sure why.

    So many thoughts:

    One,

    ...Struggle we have with suffering by using the example of opening the refrigerator to get the cream for your coffee, but there is no cream...
    ...

    Refashioning:  

    ...Struggle we have with suffering...going to the Sangha to get support for an important cause, but there is no support...
    Two,

    Maybe the Sangha's consensus is not always the optimal  decision?  Maybe we can't know if it is nor not? Maybe the teacher is not always infinitely wise?  Maybe even a bodhisattva does not always act in the best way for the time and place?  Maybe we can't know for sure if he or she does, or not? How do we deal with that?

    Three,

    Maybe no local respresetative of any religion really represents that religion for all time and everywhere? Maybe no religion can, in its local appearance, always provide what each one desperately desires, even needs, in the here and now? How do we deal with?

    Four,

    Maybe not worrying about whether one sucks or doesn't suck, isn't the point?  Maybe one takes some kind of action, takes responsibility, support or no support? Knowing that others on the same path are as lost as ourselves, sometimes more so?  Maybe a follower at some time becomes a leader, or a trailblazer at least? Perhaps without even counting on results? I don't know.

    Happy exploring. Happy experimenting. Hugs.

    Maybe

    •  That last "maybe" (0+ / 0-)

      was a typo and not something meant to undercut.

      but awfully existential. ;-)

    •  Wonderful comments (0+ / 0-)

      Lost in my oversimplification of the experience in order to keep the diary short, is the unintended implication that all in the sangha were uninterested in the cause. I only spoke with two individuals who arrange the agenda and never brought it up with the teacher. I usually speak up quite a bit at these things if I have an idea to share, but on this occasion I felt just too out of step with the group.  Maybe I was chicken. You've given me a lot to think about.

      The opposite of life is not death, but indifference. -- Jaki Gefjon (A.A.Attanasio)

      by Max Wyvern on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:52:55 PM PDT

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    •  for example (0+ / 0-)
      Maybe not worrying about whether one sucks or doesn't suck, isn't the point?
      please see the sig.  place the emphasis on "all." It's from Jack Kornfield, actually.

      Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

      by Mindful Nature on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:59:51 PM PDT

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