The majority of peoples that don't have anything are in that situation because governments, and powers that be in general supress them. This is true on every continent. The psy-op is that they are impoverished because foreign or local folks didn't do enough for them.kirtu wrote:The yogi in the cave is a long way from Buddhahood. Has Jamgon Kongtrul manifested Buddhahood for example? He has done great things over lifetimes but people are still hungry, hopeless, being killed, being destroyed. The Peace Corps volunteer might have done some positive things and helped change some people's lives. Some bodhisattvas are actually helping people and then showing them Dharma in a form appropriate for them.Virgo wrote:As Josef explained there is no greater activism than seaking enlightenment. A Buddha can manifest limitless forms to help sentient beings. The yogi in the cave does as much for others as the volunterr in the Peace Corps.dharmagoat wrote:Music, what you describe is a way to rationalise an unwillingness to help.
Our world is drowning in poverty and the results of that poverty. While samsara can't be fixed, we can still save beings from abject misery and guide them to Dharma. Instead we write them off my neglecting their very real material needs.
These powers that be keep us all pitted against each other, addicted to the products produced and services given to the point that we can't or don't even help out those in need in our local communities by sharing food with them, or taking care of them if they can't take care of themselves for whatever reasons, and so forth.