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The Problem with Buddhist Facebook Groups - 10sep21



In the Metta Sutta

the Buddha warns against

clinging to opinions.


Such clinging can be seen,

to quite a vulgar degree,

in many of Facebook’s,

so called, Buddhist groups.


There we could read the posts

of self-important people

who, without the benefit of ten thousand hours of formal study

and an additional ten thousand hours of formal practice:


stomp and snort,

divorcing themselves from critical thought,

distorting the Buddha’s teachings,


and verbally “destroying” all who annoy,

no less disagree with them.


These petty potentates

are reminiscent of Darth Vader’s words

to Obi Wan Kenobi on Mustafar:


“I have brought peace,

freedom, justice, and security

to MY new EMPIRE!”





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with a simple

call to action


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