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If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

Because it emphasizes mindfulness of our thought processes, Buddhism encourages us to be wary of antithetical concepts, not only good and evil, but success and failure, rich and poor, even the duality between enlightenment and delusion.

We distinguish between the opposing terms because we want one rather than the other, yet the meaning of each depends upon the other. That may sound abstract, but such dualities are actually quite troublesome for us. If, for example, it is important to live a pure life however I understand purity , then I need to be preoccupied with avoiding impurity.

If wealth is important for me, then I am also worried about avoiding poverty. We cannot take one lens without the other, and such pairs of spectacles filter our experience of the world. What does this mean for the duality of good versus evil? We can feel comfortable and secure in our own goodness only by attacking and destroying the evil outside us. And, sad to say but true, this is why we like wars: they cut through the petty problems of daily life and unite us good guys here against the bad guys over there.

There is fear in that, of course, but it is also exhilarating. The meaning of life becomes clearer. We all love the struggle between good us and evil them. It is, in its own way, deeply satisfying. Caricatures of evil, they are ruthless, maniacal, without remorse, and so they must be stopped by any means necessary.

We are meant to feel that it is okay—even, to tell the truth, pleasurable—to see violence inflicted upon them. After all, they are evil and evil must be destroyed. What is this kind of story really teaching us? That if you want to hurt someone, it is important to demonize them first—in other words, fit them into your good-versus-evil story. That is why the first casualty of all wars is truth. Such stories are not just entertainment.

In order to live, we need air, water, food, clothes, shelter, friends—and we need stories, because they teach us what is important in life. They give us models of how to live in a complicated, confusing world. Until the last hundred years or so, the most important stories for most people were religious.

Today, however, the issue is not whether a story is an ennobling one, a good myth to live by, but the bottom line: will it sell? The story of good and evil sells because it is simple and easy to understand, yet from a Buddhist viewpoint it can be dangerously deceptive. It keeps us from looking deeper, from trying to discover causes.

Once something has been identified as evil, no more is there a need to explain it, only a need to fight it. By contrast, Buddhism focuses on the three unwholesome roots of evil, also known as the three poisons: greed, ill will, and delusion. In place of the struggle between good and evil, Buddhism emphasizes ignorance and enlightenment. The basic problem is one of self-knowledge: do we really understand what motivates us? What makes the world so hard to see?

What would you say pollutes the world and threatens it most? The hunger of desire pollutes the world, and the great source of fear is the pain of suffering. Because this view offers us a better understanding of what actually motivates people—all of us—it also implies a very different way to address the problems created by ignorance and desire and violence: not a new holy war against evil, but a less dramatic struggle to transform our own greed into generosity, ill will into love, and ignorance into wisdom.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? One of Western Buddhism's most sophisticated thinkers on one of Buddhism's most central topics. The concept of nonduality lies at the very heart of Mahayana Buddhism. In the West, it's usually associated with various kinds of absolute idealism in the West, or mystical traditions in the East--and as a result, many modern philosophers are poorly informed on the topic. Increasingly, however, nonduality is finding its way into Western philosophical debates. In this "scholarly but leisurely and very readable" Spectrum Review analysis of the philosophies of nondualism of Hindu Vedanta, Mahayana Buddhism, and Taoism, renowned thinker David R.

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If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? Because it emphasizes mindfulness of our thought processes, Buddhism encourages us to be wary of antithetical concepts, not only good and evil, but success and failure, rich and poor, even the duality between enlightenment and delusion. We distinguish between the opposing terms because we want one rather than the other, yet the meaning of each depends upon the other.

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