Staying away from activism?

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Re: Staying away from activism?

Postby Virgo » Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:50 am

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Re: Staying away from activism?

Postby treehuggingoctopus » Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:25 am

. . . there they saw a rock! But it wasn't a rock . . .

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Re: Staying away from activism?

Postby catmoon » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:03 am

The Buddha has come and gone. Yet still there is suffering. If one can figure out why this is, a good approach to activism becomes clear.
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Re: Staying away from activism?

Postby Luke » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:38 pm

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Re: Staying away from activism?

Postby nilakantha » Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:41 am

When I think about the positive duties of a bodhisattva in the world, the vows made by Queen Śrīmāla come to mind:
(6) "Lord, from now on, and until I attain enlightenment, I hold to this sixth vow, that I shall not accumulate wealth for my own use, but shall deal with it to assist the poor and friendless.
(7) "Lord, from now on, and until I attain enlightenment, I hold to this seventh vow, that with the four articles of conversion I shall benefit the sentient beings and not convert them for my own sake; indeed, I shall seek to convert the sentient beings with my mind unoccupied with material things, ever unsatisfied, and not retreating.
(8) "Lord, from now on, and until I attain enlightenment, I hold to this eighth vow, that when in the future I observe sentient beings who are friendless, trapped and bound, diseased, troubled, poor and miserable, I shall not forsake them for a single moment until they are restored. Lord, seeing them afflicted by suffering, I shall liberate them from each of those sufferings; having conferred goods upon them, I shall leave them.
(9) "Lord, from now on, and until I attain enlightenment, I hold to this ninth vow, that when I see persons with sinful occupations such as dealing in pigs, and those who violate the Doctrine and Discipline proclaimed by the Tathāgata, I shall not take it lightly; and wherever my residence in towns, villages, cities, districts, and capitals, I shall destroy what should be destroyed and shall foster what should be fostered. Why so? Lord, by destroying and by fostering, the Illustrious Doctrine will long remain in the world, the bodies of gods and men will thrive, and evil destinies will fade. And the Lord, having turned the Wheel of the Doctrine, will continue to turn the Wheel of the Doctrine.
May I be a poet in birth after birth, a devotee of the feet of Lord Avalokiteśvara,
with elevated heart, spontaneously directed towards his Refuge,
wholly occupied with the solemn duty of saving others.

--Lokeshvarashatakam of Vajradatta

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