Goofaholix wrote:binocular wrote:Maybe someday you will find yourself on the receiving end of being expected to believe a doctrinal point merely because it was said by someone in position of power.
I was around during the last days of E-Sangha, so I'm very familiar with this feeling, I can't say I've ever experienced it except on the internet.
Oh, it didn't stop there on the internet, it doesn't stop on the internet. There's plenty of appeals to authority going around; maybe as a male you don't experience it that much.
One thing I've found over two decades of practice is that I've gradually shed a lot of mixed up ideas in the name of "don't know mind" that come from Folk Buddhism, Mahayana, Advaita, new age or goodness knows where and enjoy the elegant simplicity of the core teachings.
Not sure what you mean there.