robertk wrote: tiltbillings wrote:
robertk wrote:I have discussed Dhamma with Vimalaramsi at length and while I dont agree with many of his points it ia clear he is sincere and has studied a great deal.
It is very very unlikely that he is not properly ordained- considering how long he has been in robes.
Length of time in the robes is not a guarantee. Sincere? Studied a great deal? Probably, but there are some serious issues in how he teaches -- and in what he claims about himself -- that raise serious questions.
I think Vimalarsmsi has the right , as does anyone, to critique aspects of teachings he doesn't agree with.
That is not the issue. If his criticisms, as a teacher of other teachers and their methods, were carefully considered and well expressed, that would be one thing, but that is not what we get from him. Take a look at the OP video and we see
something rather unpleasant, dismissive and demeaning of the teachers and learned monks with whom he disagrees (not to mention his distortion of the Buddhaghosa story as a way to dismiss the Visuddhimagga). Reprehensible seems to be an accurate description of Vimalaramsi
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.
There is freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning. If there were not this freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning, then escape from that which is birth, becoming, making, conditioning, would not be known here. -- Ud 80
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.