Lhug-Pa wrote:It is said that the Platonist Thomas Taylor, the artist and poet William Blake, and the author of Celtic Druids Godfrey Higgins (who were all Masons) were all members of the same Druid Order.
Utter and total bollocks. Have you read Blake? Do you know what he means by "druids" and what his attitude to them is? Also, he wasn't a mason. Never bleeding ever.
And get real, man. No druids in the 18th or 19th century anymore. No pre-Christian cells either - the very last of them (in contemporary Latvia) had been destroyed by the end of teh 16th century. Yes it's not pretty. But it's true.
We must be careful what we condemn for the lack of physical written records. The Jonagnpa 'died out', or so it was thought, yet now there is a 'new Jonagpa' - but that may be a red herring here.
If a Tibetan a few hundred years ago claimed to recieve teachings from Buddhas or to have transmission from a Buddha via lucid dreaming, we respect them. If a Theosphist does so in more recent times we treat them as a charlatan and fraudulent fool.
Blake may well have been a member of an esoteric group, perhaps with a Druidic label. Dr William Price of Lllantrissant certainly was, as well as being a famous Chartist. Others in Wales I have met in more recent times claim some continuity.
I have rubbed shoulders with the AA, OTO and Esoteric Section of the TS. I have turned down membership of certain other organisations, but know enough not to dismiss such claims of continuity for Druids.
Shame I can't give details due to the equivalent of samaya, as I am wide open to calls to 'prove it'.
Tertons and Termas good, Western equivalents bad?
People in glass houses shouldn't stow thrones. LOL
Oh, there's an interesting little analysis here, claiming that Druids may have encountered Buddhist teachers. it's a stretch but here it is:http://seanrobsville.blogspot.co.uk/200 ... n-pre.html
A Druid may also practise Dzogchen.