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vertical line Posted on Jun.15.2008 @ 11:20AM EDT by Mslapik
When you're explaining Buddhism to someone who doesn't know a lot about it, what would you say to answer these questions:

1. "Why should I remove the desire to help others, how can that do harm?"

2. "With out desire, you'll remove suffering, but you'll also remove happiness."

3. "Well shouldn't you be passionate about what you do?"

You can probably tell that the phrasing you use is as important as the idea.

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Reply from 9999999
Jun.15.2008
07:14PM EDT 
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vertical line 1. "Why should I remove the desire to help others, how can that do harm?"

who are you
why are you asking

2. "With out desire, you'll remove suffering, but you'll also remove happiness."

what is desire?
what is suffering?
what is happiness?

3. "Well shouldn't you be passionate about what you do?"

who are you
why are you asking
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Reply from boopoom
Jun.15.2008
09:43PM EDT 
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"Let's be it "  and  "Let's beat it"

Amenamasate...

love, boopoom : )

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