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November 17, 2010

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Genju

I may be way off base here. When you wrote of loving-anger, I thought it was a wonderful way to re-conceptualize anger so that we can work with its necessary and useful aspects. And, for me, the attachment piece was important with "loving-anger" arising out of a healthy attachment - a desire to prevent harm, for example.

So, loving-ignorance could be a willingness to overlook aspects of a situation that I may not like in the service of a more important aspect of the relationship. The aspect of attachment guides the willing-ignorance with the intention of fostering or cultivating a more functional relationship. Perhaps in that sense it's more like equanimity than not-knowing?

Joseph

In the PBS special on the Buddha, the Dalai Lama talks about "good" desire, the desire to help others, the desire to become a Buddha, etc...

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