Date: Fri, 13 Oct 1995 13:03:32 -0600
From: "Stephen Evans" [email protected]
Subject: Re: The list of causes
I would think that the Buddhist response should be to find ways to reduce suffering. It might be worthwhile for us to take the list of causes of suffering and attempt to formulate general methods for reducing social suffering based upon this list — point by point. (Someone will have to supply this list for me… The one that doesn’t always have the same number of elements.) Within this context each participant’s own favorite cause can be used as an example. -Sphere
I think you’re asking for //pa.ticcasamupaada// I’ve included the standard form in my paper — both in paali and a literal translation. It’s not directly helpful //politically- socially//. If it were Buddhists would have constructed the ideal society long ago. Other ways of expressing the causes of suffering: tangha: thirst for — sensual experience (kaama) being (bhava) — or for the ower mystical experiences non-being (abhaava) — or for the higher mystical experiences
greed, hatred, delusion (lobha, dosa, moha — loosly translated) birth
Yet, all this validates my compassion, and places barriers on how I treat others.
With all the thinking coming out of this conference, I’m beginning to feel that "rights," with some sprucing up, might be a //very// Buddhist approach, since it tacitly recognizes that we don’t have all the answers, yet have a since of boundaries…