Buddhism in the Twenty First Century - Dr Alex Berzin

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Buddhism in the Twenty First Century - Dr Alex Berzin

Postby plwk » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:06 pm

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Re: Buddhism in the Twenty First Century - Dr Alex Berzin

Postby gad rgyangs » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:12 pm

hes a luddite. i bet when writing was invented there were old farts who said " this new fangled technology is going to undermine consciousness and memory, corrupt knowledge transmission by removing the energetic component of teacher to student transmission!". and when printing was invented, the same types said " this new fangled technology is going to corrupt society by disseminating information that should only be available to the few who can really understand it, plus errors will creep in and heretical ideas will be spread!"

consciousness is busy doing its thing, and if that thing is now the internet, with its different ways of interacting and eventually brains jacked into a world-wide network, then lets enjoy the sci-fi show! panta rhei!
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Re: Buddhism in the Twenty First Century - Dr Alex Berzin

Postby greentara » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:32 pm

Alex Berzin's comments follow a logical stream. Missionary activity in Korea, Mongolia etc have diminished the dharma for many. As Christianity makes inroads into the educational system, people feel that this is the modern way and obedient to commercial forces they succumb and abandon their heritage. I guess you can call this the lure of the market place.
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Re: Buddhism in the Twenty First Century - Dr Alex Berzin

Postby Astus » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:09 am

If "abandoning their heritage" is wrong for Asians, what about Westerners?
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T51n2076, p461b24-26)
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Re: Buddhism in the Twenty First Century - Dr Alex Berzin

Postby gad rgyangs » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:05 am

Astus wrote:If "abandoning their heritage" is wrong for Asians, what about Westerners?


haha dont confuse the good Dr with reality sandwiches.
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Re: Buddhism in the Twenty First Century - Dr Alex Berzin

Postby greentara » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:51 am

Ok it's clever, it's funny. Do I get a sense that gad is gadding about, possibly as high as a kite? 'No matter how high the kite may fly it has to come down to earth.'
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