alasdairyee wrote:Ooops sorry i typed this before seeing your recent post. This is in reply to the one that is earlier. Not to add more fuel to this situation. But since I typed it I shall just let it stay.
Whatever it is, being practitioners ourselves. I believe, at least for myself, that my words are a reflection of my practice. If after 40 years of practice, I still lose my temper, speak harsh words, hate others, not show compassion to every other being, then that 40 years of practice, imo is wasted, nothing useful has been gained.
IMHO,Life is a chance to practice and develop virtues, if I don't take such opportunities, even in the lightest of situations, I wouldn't be able to develop them.
Virtues like certain lifeskills are for practical application, you can't read a manual on how to operate an airplane and fly without practice, you just can't do it, only with practice would you be certain that you can fly an airplane.
I understand that their views are different from those that we understand are the words of the buddha, what to do with them would be the job for the mods. What we can do is to tolerate, share with them our views and if to no avail and you give up, then ignore.
"I vow to liberate all beings, without number"
If we could share with people with wrong views, the right views, then that is true compassion, that is fulfilling the very basic of our bodhisattva vows. That imo, would be the best solution. If one could do that without giving up, one is truly compassionate.
Again, if all else fails do not lose your temper, do not use harsh words. Ignore and back off, that would be the best of everyones interests.
All these are the reflection of my own thoughts, I do not impose them on anyone, it is totally up to oneself.
Again, I apologise for the wrong usage of words. Please forgive me.
We all misunderstand on a regular basis, due to the medium's limitations.
When people enter forum and create large numbers of posts which are either insulting to Buddhadharma or just plain disruptive, we have a limited number of options.
At first people tried to help and there is plenty of evidence of that. However, whatever people posted fell on deaf ears, and the nonsense continued, in spite of warnings about disruption.
Now, the one element in this which you seem to have omitted is the motivation which leads us to greet some members who repeatedly post nonsense with humour rather than banning or suspending them as trolls.
Buddha taught compassion - he didn't say what form it should take on a web forum. LOL
I actually have vows which require me to display wrath if it helps another being.
Sorry if we appeared to be too harsh.