mothers and Freud

mothers and Freud

There is a core teaching of the Buddha such as the impermanence, such as the compassion. Let’s take compassion as an example. Compassion must be taught and must be practiced by everyone, Tibetan, American, it doesn’t matter. But when we teach compassion, probably because of the cultural background of different people, we might need to use different kind of language. For instance, like for Tibetans maybe it is okay if we say “all beings are mother” and so on and so forth. In the West, specially those who have read so much Freud, they don’t like mothers. You understand. So if you are telling them that you should have compassion to all mother sentient beings it is not going really do – you may not be able to deliver that message. But that’s okay because that is not the core, you know the example, the method that we are using is not the core teaching of the Buddha, the essential teaching of the Buddha. The essential teaching of the Buddha is the compassion. How you deliver this, how you insert this to people’s mind it does not really matter. I am sure if we are teaching a group of Jupiter citizens we might have to use different ways to teach them, maybe compassion is beating each other up. Bit too far but. I am saying, I would not worry as long as we are keeping the actual teaching intact I would not worry so much about the how and the methods that we use. Of course having said that there are certain elements, let’s say if you are teaching Vajrayana, attributes such as the vajra and the bell. I think it will be difficult to argue, well since everything is emptiness and since everything is pure why we not hold with the right hand the mobile phone and with the left hand a laptop instead of a vajra and a bell. I don’t think that is really possible because, first of all, there is no authorities as such. We need really a great terton who would authorize this. And then these days we don’t know who is great terton and who is not. And secondly, attributes such as vajra and bell, even though it may have come from India, it has its, for instance, representation and its symbolic teachings. And they are so beautiful, for instance like a vajra, the spoke of the vajra coming from a sea monster. The spoke which represents the wisdom but coming out of a sea monster which represents that wisdom comes from the emotion and so on and so forth. Which really you can’t do with the mobile phone.

Buddhism beyond boundaries and time, Nepal 2007

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