It might help to always approach the Buddhist tradition within the "present moment" --- it's not stagnant, even though some teachers attempt to present it as if one's practice should be set in concrete. Practice begins and ends with every breath one takes.
No religion, society, or culture ever developes in a vaculm --- cause and effect. In Shantideva's case, he was influenced by the world around him and the suffering he witnessed, but I wouldn't say that violence changes into a smaller type or form of suffering, especially since a foundation of the Bodhisattva path is the embracing of that suffering, which then allows it to be transformed into compassion.
Most of my work these days is in the area of hospice and HIV/AIDS healthcare, also one of the reasons I continue to live near Skid Row. The location has its challenges, not only those typical of the inner-city, but also in Dharma practice. One of the advantages over residing in Tarragona is the fact that there are so many university libraries with excellent collection, so I also serach for hard to find books and digitalize them for inclusion on our other website.
Good morning Lisa, I just thought I would contact you. How are you?, Lisa, In the Bahamas we often have (umexplained) power outages...currently we are having a problem with our 'server'. Sunday the internet was 'down' all day.
These things are common here (we are not..First World!). Please...I would love some insight into life...in your part of the world,Lisa.
Prajna paramita Fiona
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