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  • AlanLa
    Member
    • Mar 2008
    • 1405

    Transforming criticism

    The Dalai Lama said: "If we really stop to think about praise and criticism, we will see they do not have the least importance. Whether we receive praise or criticism is of no account. The only important thing is that we have a pure motivation, and let the law of cause and effect be our witness. If we are really honest, we can see that it makes no difference whether we receive praise and acclaim. The whole world might sing our praises, but if we have done something wrong, then we will still have to suffer the consequences for ourselves, and we cannot escape them. If we act only out of a pure motivation, all the beings of the three realms can criticize and rebuke us, but none of them will be able to cause us to suffer. According to the law of karma, each and every one of us must answer individually for our actions. http://www.tricycle.com/insights/bad-reputation
    I say transform that criticism. If I'm a knob, then this is the kind of (door) knob I want to be.



    How does this apply to recent events? Some people criticize Treeleaf and some praise it.
    Let it all go. Transcend it all. Rise above it, or go below it, or sidestep it, or whatever. Just don't get caught by it.
    And as the DL says above, all we can do is to (not)try to have pure motivation.
    AL (Jigen) in:
    Faith/Trust
    Courage/Love
    Awareness/Action!

    I sat today
  • Hoyu
    Member
    • Nov 2010
    • 2020

    #2
    Re: Transforming criticism

    Beautiful! _/_
    Ho (Dharma)
    Yu (Hot Water)

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    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39472

      #3
      Re: Transforming criticism

      The DL and the AL speak Wisdom. Words to keep in one's heart.

      Gassho, J
      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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      • Shokai
        Treeleaf Priest
        • Mar 2009
        • 6391

        #4
        Re: Transforming criticism

        Amazing _/_

        Ya gotta love that door knob :lol:
        合掌,生開
        gassho, Shokai

        仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

        "Open to life in a benevolent way"

        https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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        • Shohei
          Member
          • Oct 2007
          • 2854

          #5
          Re: Transforming criticism

          well said Alan, thank you (and for the reminder too)

          Gassho
          Shohei

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          • Kaishin
            Member
            • Dec 2010
            • 2322

            #6
            Re: Transforming criticism

            Interesting... the path of the Middle Way has no forks marked by praise or criticism.

            Thanks for sharing.
            Thanks,
            Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
            Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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            • Shogen
              Member
              • Dec 2008
              • 301

              #7
              Re: Transforming criticism

              Al (Jigen)
              Words well worth keeping. Thank you Shogen

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              • lorax
                Member
                • Jun 2008
                • 381

                #8
                Re: Transforming criticism

                Alan
                Wonderful, I have been sitting on a draft response to all the recent commentary on Treeleaf and our teachers. Never felt comfortable with what I was trying to say,
                You nailed it. Just pushed the deleate button, nothing to say,

                Thanks,
                Jim
                Shozan

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                • Blake
                  • Jul 2024

                  #9
                  Re: Transforming criticism

                  Thank you for this. I read it earlier today, and it has become a very important lesson for me, for I'm overcome lately with a fear of causing criticism unto myself for various reasons.

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                  • ghop
                    Member
                    • Jan 2010
                    • 438

                    #10
                    Re: Transforming criticism

                    Originally posted by AlanLa
                    Some people criticize Treeleaf and some praise it.
                    What people say about the weather changes//varies too :roll:

                    who cares

                    gassho
                    Greg

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