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Technical Progress - Just A Hindrance On The Path?

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Good morning ;) ,

 

I recently stumbled upon this information:

 

"Mipham, a great Tibetan master who lived around the late 1800s, was a kind of Himalayan Leonardo da Vinci. He is said to have invented a clock, a cannon, and an airplane. But once each of them was complete, he destroyed it, saying it would only be the cause of further distraction."

 

So, do You think that the text above should be understood as if given the inclinatios of the human beings, better that the technical progress never happened?

 

Thank You ;) .

 

Best regards,

Draftsman

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This is a very interesting point Draftsman. I for one am convinced that a major part of being a Buddhist is to avoid doing harm and where possible to actually do some good. We all have various abilities with which to achieve this however and wisely look to our teachers for advice, particularly with respect to developing discerning wisdom. Here is where we get confused, as the masters seem to have their own schedule, their own unfathonable ways. For example, for years Tibet was a relatively backward place in terms of material development - in fact right up until the present Dalai Lama its rulers appeared to be much more interested in spiritual development without worldly comforts. The current Dalai Lama however has recognised it is time for a more balanced approach (truer to the Middle Way)to tackle suffering both physical and mental. All I can say is that in the days of Mipham perhaps Tibet was not ready for such inventions he called distractions, whereas now such "distractions" appear to be welcome by current masters where they can benefit sentient beings.

We must remember times are always changing and require diferent approaches - today we have the Dharma, tomorrow it will be gone for a time. We must have confidence in the precious masters and gain confidence in our own abilities to rid our world of suffering.

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So, do You think that the text above should be understood as if given the inclinatios of the human beings, better that the technical progress never happened?

May be Mipham was more thinking about the monastic community? As for the spiritual development, highest technical developments are not really necessary... but can disturb the mind from it's goal.

Otherwise, in the society, there is surely a good balance to find between the pursue of comfort and fine results from technology, and the human aspects of a life aiming at happiness and peace following ethical values, Compassion, respect of others and ecosystem.

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