February 02, 2012

Tricycle Talks: Ken McLeod speaks to Richard Eskow, Part 3 of 3

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Teacher and translator Ken McLeod and Tricycle Contributing Editor Richard Eskow got acquainted at the 2011 Buddhist Geeks Conference in Los Angeles. (In 2012, the conference will be in Boulder.) They enjoyed their talks so much that they decided to meet up after the conference and continue talking, and they were gracious enough to share it with us. Part 3 of their conversation is below.

In this third and final installment, they discuss the idea of "the enemy." As Ken McLeod says, "We regard someone as an enemy when they elicit in us feelings that we cannot tolerate."

Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of this discussion.

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fishman.ellen's picture

Dear Richard,
I'm confused by the "noble" path that you postulated in terms of conservatives actions when voting against their own self interests.
I often do things that are not in my self interest in the craziness of samara? But is that noble or just a meanifestation of ignorant or my own delusion?

Dear Ken,
I concur that we are often emotionally vomit on others or turn them into enemies when we can not tolerate the feelings that their interactions bring forth in us. I also concur that these behaviors are not "them" but behaviors, whereas the true nature of everyone is of purity and beauty. However those actions often "hurt" and harm others which seemed to be absent from the conversation, or did I miss that?

Ellen

fishman.ellen's picture

Dear Richard,
I'm confused by the "noble" path that you postulated in terms of conservatives actions when voting against their own self interests.
I often do things that are not in my self interest in the craziness of samara? But is that noble or just a meanifestation of ignorant or my own delusion?

Dear Ken,
I concur that we are often emotionally vomit on others or turn them into enemies when we can not tolerate the feelings that their interactions bring forth in us. I also concur that these behaviors are not "them" but behaviors whereas the true nature of everyone is of purity and beauty, however those actions often "hurt" and harm others which seemed to be absent from the conversation, or did I miss that?

Ellen