New commentary

FYI — there is another new commentary on the Resources page. It is a traditional Tibetan commentary on the entire BCA. I think you will like it.

2 thoughts on “New commentary”

  1. “Nowhere is there a single cause which has the power to produce everything” (Śāntideva, p. 116). People are too focused on blaming everything on Trump or China or the Republicans or Democrats or any number of people. This blame game is not productive at all. Instead of focusing on whose fault this situation is, we need to focus on helping those in need. Śāntideva asks, “If a living being is like an illusion, how then is it reborn once?” (p. 116). He replies that, “Even an illusion persists for as long as the concurrence of its causes” (p. 116). Even though we are all illusions, we must not turn a blind eye because as long as there is suffering, the illusion will continue to be reality. We must do everything we can to reduce people’s suffering so that they can continue on their unique path of life.

  2. This is very astute. Causality is never simple. Although causal analysis can be helpful, it’s dangerous and misleading to pin all blame (or all credit) to a single cause. I love how you turned this around: “Instead of focusing on whose fault this situation is, we need to focus on helping those in need.” That’s bodhisattva activity!

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