Why are there so many 'secret' Buddhists?

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Mawkish1983
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Re: Why are there so many 'secret' Buddhists?

Postby Mawkish1983 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:03 pm

I'm sorry you feel that way Nathan.

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Journey
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Re: Why are there so many 'secret' Buddhists?

Postby Journey » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:03 pm

genkaku wrote:
Just one thing ... maybe it's Buddhism, maybe it's Hershey bars. The label, whether used or unused, doesn't make much difference: It's the getting to the bottom of things that matters.

A Buddhist doesn't worry too much about calling him/herself a "Buddhist." True, you might not want to wave it in anyone's face (at a Christian revival meeting for example :)) but simultaneously, pretending to scorn labels is just a means of finding another label.

Just my two cents.


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Re: Why are there so many 'secret' Buddhists?

Postby Mawkish1983 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:08 pm

I didn't intend for this threat to turn so volatile. Is there any way I can ask the Moderators to close this thread now?

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Re: Why are there so many 'secret' Buddhists?

Postby nathan » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:03 pm

If that sorriness is an apology Mawkish1983, I accept it. I think you should carefully examine where attachments to, aversions to and identifications with labels inevitably leads us all and reconsider your intentions in keeping with that. I think we all should.
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Why are there so many 'secret' Buddhists?

Postby thecap » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:08 pm

Why are there so many 'secret' Buddhists?


Because. :anjali:

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Re: Why are there so many 'secret' Buddhists?

Postby Paul Davy » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:26 pm

Thread closed at original poster's request.

Metta,
Retro. :)
“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today." (Thomas Sowell)


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