Moral Imperative

22279484_1170438129722327_8977654373558581725_nAppeals 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 imperative 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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3 Responses to Moral Imperative

  1. Tenzin Chosang says:

    Self interest must be the starting point. If there is no self interest why would one enter any spiritual path at all? It is only when one recognises one’s own profound state of ongoing unease that one wishes to be free. From that self interest may come the realization that all others suffer in the same way and so is born altruism. But the starting point is self interest and only far along the path will even the traces of that self interest be transformed.

  2. Tony says:

    I’m new to buddhism but whatever the notion of the self is, must surely be debatable. However if an actin benefits the notion of the self, surely this will have an effect on all who interact with this self. It’s far to complex for me to understand. If I gain the ability to see things has they are, mindfully then this can only benefit all beings, and environs alike.

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