A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

How it was, How it is, How I will make it

Over the last several days I wrote just a small summary of the lessons contained in the first video of “Treatise on Response and Retribution” by Venerable Master Chin Kung. I am reminded again that knowledge that is good and useful does not need to come from only authorized texts or scriptures. Knowledge can come from observing the world around us. This knowledge can be obtained from different cultures, different professions, and from different age groups. As a middle aged person in the current vernacular, I notice that the elderly talk about how things were, the youth about how things will be when they are in a position to influence things. It is us middle aged that deal with the current situation. There is a saying “those that do not study history are bound to repeat it.” If we listen to our elderly, then pass this knowledge on in a way the youth can benefit from it, how much can we influence tomorrow. Instead of video games that promote fantasy worlds, with constant warfare and violence, encouraging our children to play a simulation game where the goal is to give everyone a good life with the resources available, without robbing from the next generation perhaps is better. Some of the natives of North America used to determine if a decision was good or bad based on a rule of seven generations. If we use this rule, then our consumer driven culture is not sustainable and makes beggars of future generations who will pay for the luxuries we squandered today. http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/how-many-earths-would-it-take-to-sustain-you/ is one view. Others say four or five, some even are in the double digits for the number of earths to support the western lifestyle.  For our children and their children’s children we need to start to live a more holistic lifestyle.

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