John T wrote: ↑Thu Jul 28, 2022 8:52 am
However, it is the under the ten non-virtues
of the 2nd noble truth that killing and stealing is wrong.
I would recommend that you review and reapply the Ten Virtues of Buddhism
especially when it comes to speech.
Do that and we can get along just fine.
https://www.namchak.org/community/blog/ ... n-virtues/
I say in return the following.
1. Your words do not refute my analysis of how it is from the fourth noble truth that various actions are bad, nor do they reveal that the interpretative framework which you advance is an essential component of being a Buddhist. Of course, because being Buddhist is defined by faith in the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha), different frameworks for defining the same actions as wrong do not mean that one who uses 1 framework rather than another is not a Buddhist. After all, Buddhist canons and assessments of canonical teachings differ so much that a divergence in frameworks for defining the same actions as wrong is insignificant
2. The Buddhist website which you linked to me is for Tibetan Buddhism, which is as foreign to me (even as I respect it as Buddhism) as the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is to you as a Christian. After all, Tibetan Buddhism and the Orthodox Tewahedo Church both have larger canons than our respective traditions (Theravada Buddhism for me, American Protestant Christianity for you). Tibetan Buddhism and the Orthodox Tewahedo Church both teach doctrines which to our respective traditions seems strange and heretical (condemning teachings leading to arhatship for me, Miaphysitism for you).
3. You also can benefit from practising the virtues of speech and avoiding the non-virtues of speech. By this, I mean that you should avoid harsh and divisive speech (such as accusing me and others of being trolls or liars) and instead try to reconcile various people and use pleasant words.