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Usually, when something goes wrong, the question soon arises…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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Usually, when something goes wrong, the question soon arises, 'Who is to blame?' Some people who are involved in the matter try their utmost to find excuses for themselves and cast the blame on others. Other people seem equally determined to blame themselves and excuse others. But in Buddhadamma, the idea that any event is due to a single cause to which blame should be assigned is considered fallacious.

 

We look on events as complex. Rather than deciding who is to blame, we map all the factors that have contributed to the problem. These might include individual actions and motivations, the views and beliefs, desires and fears of the concerned parties but also environmental, social, cultural factors.

 

Mapping contributions is not meant to undermine individual responsibility but to make it more focused and precise. The assignation of blame rarely gets to the heart of the problem. The investigation of contributions leads to the possibility of resolution, and also to measures to prevent similar problems from arising in the future.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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