I spend some of my time each morning reading on a couple of Buddhist forums. Generally I find these forums to be very supportive toward my practice, but occasionally even these can result in disappointment.
Yesterday someone posted a link to a rather peculiar site which is advertising 7-days of Ajahn Brahm’s time in exchange for being the highest donating patron for a Nun’s monastery in Australia. Quite frankly, I found the whole thing to be rather amusing even if it may be a breach of certain monastic precepts (which I’m not necessarily saying it is — I’m not qualified to say really anyway).
Well the entire conversation devolved into “tail chasing” as one moderator called it, as the argument proceeded to go around and around. One side defended the Ajahn, saying that even if he’s committing some sort of monastic offense, he’s doing it for the right reasons, while the other side condemned the whole thing even if no rule was ever broken.
My disappointment doesn’t stem at all from what the Venerable Ajahn Brahm is trying to accomplish. I have a great respect for the fact that women have the same potential for awakening as men, but they still have fewer opportunities, even in countries like the United States where men and women are supposedly equal. In the US, the Dhammadharini community in California has been forced to relocate and is seeking the support of the lay community, but while the monks tend to have their needs met, financial support seems to be less forthcoming for nuns.
It is rather disheartening to see just how flippant people can be about something, anything really. Rather than simply trying to support the message, sometimes we spend all our time trying to find fault with the delivery system. I can only hope that Ajahn Brahm succeeds in his intentions, and any kamma he may produce, whether it be “good” or “bad,” may he transcend its bonds and blow out like a flame.
We all need to face the fact that our irritation, our views, and most importantly our belief that our view is so much more superior than that of someone else, is the real problem. It has nothing to do with what others are doing, it is about how we see it and that we feel compelled to force others to agree with us.
I hope this has all made a little sense (it has been rushed, I’ll admit, for which I apologize). Those who have the means, I strongly urge you to support whatever inspires you. There are many good and worthwhile causes in need of your time and resources, and I think we all know that we can spare a little so that others can have what they need.
Please be well, friends.