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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Conflict management

Dear Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima,

thank you for all your realistic answers and your patience! Today my questions are as follows.

Dear Dr Siegfried Hohlfeld,

Thank you very much for your important questions, and I would like to write my answers just under your questions.

Q.1: Do you think too,that courage is very important in Buddhism?

A.1: Yes, I think that courage is very important even in Buddhism. Because without courage it is completely impossible for everyone to do anything at all.

Q.2: Isn´t it most important to be aware of the ego ?

A.2: Even though we are aware of the ego, I think that there is nothing to esteem. Because the mental ego occurs, when the sympathetic nervous system is stronger, and the physical ego occurs, when the parasympathetic nervous system is stronger. Therefore we can think that the mental ego, and the physical ego are both simple facts at the present moment, and so I think that there is no
value whether we are aware of them, or not. And the important point for us is to eraze both the mental ego and the physical ego at the present moment.Therefore the most important job for us is to keep the autonomic nervous balanced to eraze both the mental ego and the physical ego at the present moment.

Q.3: Aren´t we in danger most the time to pretend wisdom theoretically - although Reality
is very practical?

A.3: Yes, I agree with your idea.

Q.4: Which are the rules for peaceful solutions of conflict in Buddhism?

A.4: Without keeping the balanced state of the autonomic nervous system, there might be no peaceful solution in human societies at all.

Thank you for your answers and energy!Best wishes!

siegfried hohlfeld

Thank you very much for your sharp questions on Buddhist problems so much.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima


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