The Moral Referent

moral-edAppeals to practice the Dharma based on the personal benefits of meditation, emotional balance, patience, behavioral restraint, and loving kindness are misleading, because individual welfare ―while certainly desirable― is not the necessary and sufficient moral reference for spiritual cultivation.

If the individual benefits from doing what is right, so much the better, but self-interest should not and cannot be the motivation for moral conduct.

Self-serving conduct is not moral, even when it produces temporary benefits, because it enshrines and validates the wrong views of a separate self and individual supremacy as the legitimate underpinnings of our actions.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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4 Responses to The Moral Referent

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2015年02月26日 (週四) 1:12 AM 寫道﹕

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  2. tracibilger says:

    How can I get beyond thinking that the suffering of suffering is mine? I can imagine feeling and thinking that the pain others feel is like the pain I feel, But my pain preoccupies me because I focus on it and look for ways to alleviate it. Buddhism seems to be telling me that If I focus on others and look for ways to alleviate their pain (our pain) I break the cycle of preoccupation with self (a source of suffering –
    i.e. failure to recognize that there is no separation within being) and counter-intuitively alleviate my own suffering. I don’t know…

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