Kim O'Hara wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:25 am
On the level of intention (which is, we're told, central to karmic effects), chess is fundamentally a battle to the death. Adding a bit of real-world violence therefore doesn't make it much worse, I guess.
Ha! talk about a slippery slope.
In boxing, one tries to harm and even injure your opponent (literally, not figuratively). Often boxers get injured, broken noses, and in rare cases even die in the ring.
Chess is a game, I mean sport (
) of strategy. No one dies. However, see this Zen story:
A Zen master instructed a beginning student to play chess with one of the senior students. Then he told them that the loser would be killed. The student played chess with more concentration devoted to the game than he had ever done before in his life. As he nervously played and shaked his pieces, sweat started to pour off his forehead and all over. He was playing for his life, literally. Then he started winning, his position was very good. And then he started to have compassion for his opponent, not wanting him to be killed, so he purposely made some blunders. The game was a test and no one was killed. The point of the story is that full concentration is needed in every facet of life to succeed and the importance of compassion. Today modern athletes often evoke this Zen attitude, attempting to feel that they will literally die if they do not make the next shot or score, etc.
There are other Dharmic aspects to chess too. The obvious concentration and also letting go and not being greedy. Numerous games are lost when one tries to capture the most pieces or accepts a sacrifice gambit and then the opponent gets the better strategic position and wins. Numerous games are won by the player with fewer pieces.