In the United States, we slaughter enough animals to hold 25 festival slaughters the size of the Gahimai slaughter every day of the year. So, what kind of basis for moral outrage do we have here in the United States to condemn a the Gadhimai slaughter in Nepal?
When Ram Bomjon hit people with a stick, he was not doing what the Buddha would have done.
Listen to others, by all means, but test every assertion made by leaders, and if their assertions don’t match reality, don’t follow the paths they have cleared. Let experience be your guru.
If the udumbara flowers are so rare, coming into our plane of existence only once in 3,000 years, how come people keep on seeing them so often?
I have been inspired to engage in a meditation marathon, just like Ram Bomjon did. I will not eat. I will not drink. I will not move at all.
If you don’t accept Buddhist ideology, Bomjon’s act is an obvious hoax. If you do accept the tenets of Buddhist ideology, however, Bomjon plainly fails to make the grade.
Transcendence sounds great when you haven’t built a life yet, and you’ve got nothing to lose. Nowadays, transcendence sounds more like surrender than anything else.
The Dalai Lama will not branch out and join a panel discussion in Idaho about potatoes. He will not give a lecture on his favorite television show. The Dalai Lama’s next ghostwritten book will not be a science fiction novel.
Perhaps I’m just at a low level of awareness of the dharma that flows all around us, invading our privacy. For that reason, I’d like to invite people to engage in an honest, catch-phrase-free discussion of Buddhism. Was the Buddha the savior of humanity, who showed us the way to escape suffering, or was he just a deadbeat who left his wife and baby son because he didn’t like his job?