Re: [Buddhism_101] Re: a muslim seeker
yeah, i really wasnt taking issue with it. i can live with it. its all about His Holiness' teachings. what produced him? you know what i mean? im not trying to criticize the tradition. i want to live and learn the tradition. in Islam, the world is divided into the 'believers' and the 'non-believers' i cant live in a dualistic world anymore.
Self-Esteem, n. An erroneous appraisement.
----- Original Message ----
From: John Pellecchia <pellejf@...>
Sent: Friday, January 5, 2007 6:08:21 PM
Subject: [Buddhism_101] Re: a muslim seeker
I'm not too sure about Hinduism having made it to Tibet "on its own
steam" as it were, but you're absolutely correct on the latter. As I
understand it, Buddhism incorporated aspects of the Bon religion into
its traditions which has a lot of shamanistic practices.
But isn't this what happens with all beliefs? There is an
incorporation of existent theologies/practice s into the new incoming
religion. Without this inclusion it's questionable whether or not the
newer belief will succeed -- unless coerced, embraced, or mandated by
an autorocratic/ despotic ruler (as with Constantine with Christianity
in the Roman Empire -- only one example of many) -- and even then
there is an absorption of traditions to make the new belief palatable
to the old practitioners.
But it is what it is.
May all be at peace.
--- In Buddhism_101@ yahoogroups. com, dwain dolan <abdulmatin10@ ...>
wrote in part:
>i personally believe that there were already Hindu and
Shamanistic/ Animist cults in Tibet when Buddhism arrived. They were
then accommodated. This really isnt an issue for me ive studied some
anthropology. Tibetan Buddhism seems to be a wonderful fusion of
these different thought streams.
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