13907Re: Emergence of Western teachers of Buddhism and Meditation
- Apr 15, 2005--- In email@example.com, Jhanananda
> These questions of course rely on gross===Could mean they just believe the Tibetan
> generalizations, but when a room full of
> Westerners accepts that they have to die
> and be reborn as Tibetans before they can
> become "worthy" teachers of the dharma,
> means that they have accepted the Asian
> belief that we are demons.
but aren't aware that the Tibetan has that
other belief. Reminds me of a line from a
Woody Allen movie. Woody said, "I didn't
the diagnosis my analyst gave me. So I
got another analyst."
Interesting post. Oddly enough, I just posted
this on another forum:
In fact one person posted about 8 years ago
on ADVAITA-L that Westerners can never become
enlightened and should not study Advaita.
The best thing that Westerners can do is to live
a good life and hope to be reborn in India -
as a cockroach. They can then build themselves
up through kalpas of lifetimes to become a
member of the Brahmin caste where they have
a decent chance of enlightenment.
These conservative notions have been a definite
part of conservative Hindu orthodoxy, though
not well based on scripture, and not widely
publicized outside of certain circles.
That particular thread on ADVAITA-L was part
of a conservative-liberal divide on that list,
which eventually led to the formation of the
more liberal advaitin list, now on Yahoogroups.
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