Shall I teach?
Jul 20, 2014
When I do my ‘duty’ and teach dharma to people and the illusions of samsara, they find it hard to let go. I am accused of not letting them live their lives and have fun. They insist they cannot, will not or not ready to let go. When I don’t teach dharma, they say I am not doing my duty and they are waiting to hear the dharma. When I try to train their mind, they say I have no right to interfere in their lives and it’s too hard. When I point out what is being done wrong according to dharma, they say I am judgmental. When I mention the effects of their actions on others and their future, they say I am condemning them and I am laying a guilt trip. When I remind them of their practice they avoid me and say they have no freedom. When I push more out of great concern for them to learn dharma, apply what they have learned and transform for the better, they run, escape and curse me. They form hate groups and criticize me on social media and try to influence other students away saying I am some sort of tyrant. They claim I am harsh and they had it hard. They turn off their phones, unfriend on facebook, don’t reply emails and criticize me saying I am mean, loud, insistent, unpredictable, temperamental and difficult. Claiming dharma and what I am teaching is suffocating. That it’s cultish. A pressure cooker of sorts. My teacher told me that to teach dharma and practice these days is like white crow among the black.
So, what shall I do? As a monk, what am I supposed to teach them? Get deeper into samsara? Shall I change the Buddhist scriptures on karma, ego and mind for you so you feel better? Shall I take your side and say karma doesn’t exist. You want me to conform to you and deny my dharma learnings? Shall I agree your friends are all right that dharma is wrong? Shall I tell you Buddha, Tsongkapa, Shantideva, Nagarjuna, Chandrakirti, Panchen Lama, Trijang Rinpoche, Pabongka Rinpoche, H.H. the Dalai Lama all wasted their lives being disciplined practitioners and their teachings are all wrong and you are right? Buddha is wrong and you are right? Shall I blatantly lie to you and tell you karma made an exception just for you? In fact, shall I disrobe and join you in all the fun and parties too?!? Shall I give you a feel good dharma that makes you feel cool for the moment and actually does nothing for you in the long run? Shall I encourage you to go drink, endless parties, have many babies, divorce, marry, travel, indulge, multiple partners, cheat, eat a lot of meat, be cruel to animals, be dishonest? Shall I just tell you the six realms and reincarnation does not exist and you should just live it up after all you only live once? Shall I also advise you to don’t be responsible, money is god, be selfish, get intoxicated and have psychedelic non-stop samsaric roller coaster ride that never stops? Forget consequences. Forget everyone you hurt. Forget about any damages. What would you like me to say?
So shall I teach dharma or don’t teach dharma? It’s not a matter if I have compassion to teach as I have been teaching for decades, but do you have enough compassion for all others and yourself to listen and apply? What shall I do as a Buddhist monk? What is my relationship with you? Why did you join the dharma or request teachings?
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