Doing Dharma Work with Undharmic Approach
Everyone has different approaches and methods to do dharma work. If someone is detrimental in their approach then you must think, HOW CAN I HELP THAT PERSON. If you are in dharma work, YOU have to have a dharma attitude towards those who do not or in between. You must think what can I do, or what example can I show to slowly influence this person and other persons to transform their method as they are in the right place…
Analogy. If we are in a small hospital and there are a few good doctors, one doctor is tempermental and difficult but still save many lives, would it be better to slowly transform this doctor’s mind or kick him out?
Another anology. Dharma, dharma institutions, dharma ppl cater to all types of personalities just like a hospital. When we go to the hospital, why is everyone not healed. Why is there still sick ppl? Why did some die? Because it is a hospital. Similarily, when ppl come to dharma, they are ‘sick’, so in a dharma organization you have many levels of healing and some take more time to heal. But the important thing is to stop asking WHY ARE THERE DIFFICULT PEOPLE IN THE DHARMA? You have to ask, HOW CAN I HELP THEM..IF I CANNOT HELP THEM, WHY AM I LACKING TO BE ABLE TO HELP THEM?? They are in need of help and hence that is why they are in the dharma. In dharma do not look for walking, breathing, talking, living Buddhas!! Instead you will find egotistical, difficult, disturbed, unhappy, termpermental characters and THAT IS WHY THEY ARE IN THE DHARMA. At least these ppl looked for help.
Now it’ time for us to be patient and kind and SEE HOW WE CAN TURN IT AROUND AND TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY UPON OURSELVES TO TRANSFORM THESE PEOPLE WITH OUR LOVE, PATIENCE AND GENEROSITY. We need to stop asking why these ppl are like this although they are in the dharma, but how we can help? What examples can I set? How I have a chance to practice REAL DHARMA WITH THESE PPL WHO IN MY EYES ARE NOT PRACTICING DHARMA JUST TO ACCOMPLISH THE ENDS…what a golden opportunity for me to perfect my attitude and methods to help them and others.
Seeing their ‘wrong’ methods as a golden teaching to not do it in the same manner…seeing their wrong methods as a teaching and opportunity for you to further do dharma work by transforming yourself further. After all, the real intent of dharma work is to transform yourself so your work is dharma. I do understand there are very difficult ppl out there who find it hard to change because of overwhelming negative karma ripening and also decades of habituation, but that should serve as an inspiration for us to do more dharma while we can. Make our minds even stronger and even more determined seeing the results of negative karma fruitioning and it would be difficult to change and we would be stuck….. So we must transform now. Seeing difficult ppl should motivate us to do dharma work and dharma transformation even stronger. Like when we see someone crossing the road and a car is coming, it should motivate us to move faster, shout louder to get them out of car’s way they didn’t see coming..
For those ppl who are doing dharma work with the undharmic methods, we forgive them as they would be even worse off if they didn’t do any dharma. Ultimately take it as a great teaching making sympathy arise within you and forgiving them. When it is necessary to be firm to them and say please don’t treat me this way, then we have to tell them.
yes, doing dharma work is fantastic. however, what’s your opinion on this – if for example, someone in all his/her determination to do dharma work and benefit kechara, oppresses, mistreats or was unkind to other people to attain the “dharma results”. what do you think of this “robin hood” approach?
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