Question Everything

As seen in a previous post, via Tricycle Editors Blog, there has been some talk about HHDL’s comments on the Sea Shephards and their work to stop illegal whaling in the Antarctic by the Japanese. I just wanted to make a quick point, and say just how much I truly appreciate the Buddha’s teachings when it comes to questioning, or disagreeing with our elders or teachers.

The Buddha himself, quoted here from the Kalama Sutra, says we should doubt and question things…

It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain; uncertainty has arisen in you about what is doubtful. Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability…

Not that we need permission to doubt or question things, but it’s nice to know that it is part of the overall teachings. That is one of the main things that drew me to this path. Without the ability to question, we are blindly following something just for the reason to say we are. Buddhism is more of a practice, something we do, not just for the sake of doing it.

Buddhism teaches us to seek our own enlightenment, to question what we know to make it work. It is believed, that within us all, we all have Buddha nature. We can all reach the same place, we just have to be committed to following it.

The key, and reason for this entry, is to question things. What your path is might be all well and good for YOU, but maybe it’s not something that will work for others and vice versa.

Dalai Lama criticises anti-whaling protesters

The Tricycle Editors Blog points us toward the following article… from AFP… any thoughts?

“The Dalai Lama on Saturday criticised wildlife activists for staging what he said were violent protests over Japan’s hunting of whales.

The rebuke came as the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader visited Japan for an 11-day lecture tour.

At a news conference, he said he had told the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to stop its violent harassment of Japan’s whaling fleet.

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Dalai Lama “Tiger who?”

From The Associated Press

The Dalai Lama commented on Tiger Woods’ sex scandals Saturday, saying self-discipline is among Buddhism’s highest values, one day after Woods said he had strayed from his Buddhist faith.

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader told The Associated Press during a brief interview in his hotel suite in Beverly Hills that he had not heard of Woods, but when the circumstances were explained to him he said that when it comes to adultery, “all religions have the same idea.”

“Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that’s important,” he said. “Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.”

In his first public comments since the Nov. 27 car accident that set off a series of shocking allegations of rampant extramarital relationships, Woods said Friday that he was raised Buddhist but needed to focus anew on finding balance between his religion and professional life.

The Dalai Lama made the remarks while in the Los Angeles area to support Whole Child International, an organization that advocates better care for orphans worldwide

Tibetans make Gandhi proud

From The Globe Post written by Tenzin Dorjee

Last year around this time Tibetans decided to observe the traditional New Year — or Losar — as an occasion of mourning for those killed in China’s crackdown in 2008 following the Tibet uprising.

Appeals to forego Losar celebrations spread via text messages, blogs and word of mouth. On Losar, Tibetans stayed at home and ignored the fireworks, defying authorities who wanted them to sing and dance for state media. Overnight Tibetans turned silence — generally a sign of submission — into a weapon of resistance. The No Losar movement was nothing short of civil disobedience in full bloom.

On Feb. 14, Tibetans will again greet Losar with an air of defiance — many are planning not to celebrate while others will embrace cultural traditions as an act of subversive resistance. A couple of days later, U.S. President Obama will meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, sending a signal of hope to Tibetans everywhere. The 2008 Tibetan uprising may now seem a distant memory, but the dust of resistance is far from settled. With the new year, a different kind of storm brews over the Tibetan plateau.

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Political Correctness, Tell It Like It Is?

…at least that’s what His Holiness is saying.

The Dalai Lama was recently in the Czech capital at a conference on Human Rights issues in Asia. He was asked what he thought of political correctness.

With a look not often found on His Holiness’ face, puzzled, he asked “what do you mean?” This threw the audience into laughter, but His Holiness still looked puzzled and repeated fervently “what do you mean?”

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Beastie Boys’ Yauch Updates Fans on Cancer Progress After Trip to India

From The New York Times

The rapper Adam Yauch said that he is “feeling healthy, strong and hopeful” that he has beaten cancer after returning from a recent trip to India, but a coming album by his band the Beastie Boys remains without a release date.

Mr. Yauch, better known by his stage name, MCA, made his announcement in an electronic message that was e-mailed to fans and posted on the band’s Web site. He announced in July that he had received his diagnosis of cancer, and underwent surgery and began radiation treatment soon after.

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