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  • Caebhin Howell
    Well, I guess I’ll weigh in on the article. Quite frankly, I didn’t like it. In all fairness to Professor Lopez, this article is not written by him, nor
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 29, 2002
      Well, I guess I���ll weigh in on the article. Quite frankly, I didn���t
      like it. In all fairness to Professor Lopez, this article is not written by
      him, nor is it an in-depth interview article of him. So if I falsely
      represent Professor Lopez, I apologize in advance.

      My first point of contention is with the type of article this is--the void
      filling editorial. Not a ���Real��� news story, but rather the sort of
      thing that people with short attention spans need to make their selves feel
      informed.

      My second problem is that Professor Lopez is probably representative of what
      is wrong with the entire American educational system. Without the benefit
      of having read any of Professor Lopez���s book(s), I must assume that he
      really isn���t an ���Expert��� on Buddhism. Most lay practitioners are not
      experts of Buddhism. He may be a Buddhist. He may have spent time as a
      monk. But, I am careful about those whom I seek out for information. And
      to accept a book���s jacket cover as credentials of ���Expert��� level in
      anything is against my nature.

      And lastly, I must admit my own prejudice against most college professors.
      We have a saying in this country ���Those who can, do. Those who can���t,
      teach.��� I would not be very likely to take a class on Buddhism at an
      American college. I would rather (as I hope to one day) attend something
      like Mahachula University in Thailand.

      I hope I don���t sound mean spirited. But in the west, parts of Buddhism
      have been high-jacked by everyone from just plain evil people, to New Age
      recycled hippies. I was on my own (religiously) for many years; until I
      found a Thai Buddhist Temple. And even now, when I first attend a temple, I
      am cautious about accepting it as 100% genuine. Being of an established
      Order is helpful. But I am leery of western monks that aren���t in check of
      such an Order. Please forgive my being slow to trust. Perhaps I was
      mislead in a past life.

      Kevin

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      Kevin




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    • Oliver Cooper
      Dear Kevin, without having read the NY Times article, but having met Professor Lopez, and having read most of his published works, I can state that he is
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 5, 2002
        Dear Kevin,
        without having read the NY Times article, but having met Professor Lopez,
        and having read most of his published works, I can state that he is probably
        the epitome of what all educational systems should be about. I suggest that
        you look up some of his works, whilst bearing in mind that his particular
        field of expertise is not Thai Buddhism. I hope that you will find his
        writing accessible, informative and enjoyable.

        With best wishes,

        Oliver
      • Caebhin Howell
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        Message 3 of 4 , Nov 6, 2002
          _
          _ooOoo_
          o8888888o
          88" . "88
          (| -_- |)
          O\ = /O
          ____/`---'\____
          .' \\| |// `.
          / \\||| : |||// \
          / _||||| -:- |||||_ \
          | | \\\ - /'| | |
          | \_| `\`---'// |_/ |
          \ .-\__ `-. -'__/-. /
          ___`. .' /--.--\ `. .'___
          ."" '< `.___\_<|>_/___.' _> \"".
          | | : `- \`. ;`. _/; .'/ / .' ; |
          \ \ `-. \_\_`. _.'_/_/ -' _.' /
          ===========`-.`___`-.__\ \___ /__.-'_.'_.-'================
          Yours in the Dhamma `=--=-'
          Kevin


          Dear Oliver,

          Thanks for your reply. As I said, I did not wish to judge Professor Lopez
          harshly. And I hope that my distrust of him was more an institutional
          prejudice than a personal prejudice. Also, I did admit that, even though I
          am a westerner, I view western ���experts��� with a very suspicious eye. To
          that end, your personal endorsement���even though we have never met���goes
          much further with me than an article or book jacket. Perhaps I will have
          the local library order in one of his books. Do you have a particular title
          in mind?

          Thanks,

          Kevin


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        • Nina van Gorkom
          Dear Dimitri, I am glad you found the Patis. Magga text useful, Nina. P.S. By the way, I liked Caebhin s Buddha image, computer designed, I saved it in my
          Message 4 of 4 , Nov 8, 2002
            Dear Dimitri,
            I am glad you found the Patis. Magga text useful,
            Nina.
            P.S. By the way, I liked Caebhin's Buddha image, computer designed, I saved
            it in my files.
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