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To understand Buddhism, one must understand the tension between the knowledge of impermanence and the love of the Dharma. This sense of loss has defined Buddhism from the Buddha’s Parinirvana through to the present day.
I had this sureal sense of vertigo where I felt like I was constantly teetering over the edge of something that I didn’t understand. The entire town was built on top of bombs.
Early in the history of Buddhism, some monastics decided to stress the good merit of ostentatious donation to the Sangha. This early “prosperity theology” offered mercantile lay Buddhists an apologia for materialism and expansionism that profoundly reshaped Buddhism, Asia and the World.
There’s a huge amount of it that’s positive! I’m not so surprised that there are negative attitudes towards women depicted in early Buddhist literature, because this is an ancient civilization with traditional values. So, the negativity doesn’t surprise me. But all the positivity does.