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 retrofuturist » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:26 pm

Thread closed at original poster's request.

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Through corruption of the Dhamma comes corruption of the discipline, and from corruption of the discipline comes corruption of the Dhamma. This is the first future danger as yet unarisen that will arise in the future. You should recognize it and make an effort to prevent it. (AN 5.79)

Neither traceable in the Discourses nor verifiable by the Discipline, one must conclude thus: 'Certainly, this is not the Blessed One's utterance; this has been misunderstood by that bhikkhu — or by that community, or by those elders, or by that elder.' In that way, bhikkhus, you should reject it. (DN 16)


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