This is a question that will read more like a statement. It seems as though causes and conditions are important in understanding how things happen but also in seeing how things really are. I think of causes as closely-linked cause and effect, and conditions as the contexts within which those causal relationships occur. I'm doing a public meditation focused on compassion downtown on Monday to hopefully influence conditions and, by extension, change the context for causes and effects. Compassion, and now joy (thank you, Don!)--and the acceptance of both as conditions, seems to be a powerful way to change one's mind and, by extension, one's context.
This kind of compassionate interaction, from my profession, looks like Rogerian argument, which starts from acknowledging the perspectives of the others before one starts talking about one's own. Named for Carl Rogers, famous for conflict-resolution psychology and client-centered therapy.
How do you know the difference between projecting what you want to be true versus accepting what is true?
My friend, Eva Moses Kor, was also in Auschwitz. She and her twin sister were experimented on by Dr. Mengele. She made her life's mission to teach about forgiveness because she believed that forgiveness was the only way to achieve any measure of happiness in this life.
Thank you Cyndy. Fantastic!
Is this the difference between trying to make up for something (original sin) and trying to uncover our Buddha nature?
In other words, are we flawed from the start versus are we good from the start? Getting back to our best selves is better and much more appealing than making up for shortcomings since the beginning that we may or may not be able to know whether we are progressing in?
I realize I am setting up dualisms here--
Who is speaking here, Don?
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Ven. Sangye Khadro describes how something as simple as a smile is a way of benefitting others, which brings joy, immeasurable joy (the 3rd Immeasurable)
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