Paul wrote:I believe in past lives, but consider anything about giant buddhas or humans living for centuries is not even worth a moment's thought.
FWIW I have noticed that many buddhist lamas have a really poor understanding of current scientific knowledge, the scientific method and western philosophy. Doesn't mean they don't know their stuff when if comes to getting enlightened, but I think it does illustrate that liberating oneself is not dependent on empirical facts like the earth being round etc.
Well as long as people don't ridicule more-esoteric considerations such as Long-Lived Alchemists, Giants, Abhijnas, etc. without first looking into them, then if these things have no significance to their Spiritual Path, it's all good.
Nevertheless, many Dharma teachings state that the more familiarization with non-conceptual Wisdom there is, understanding of relative things in their individuality in relation to everything else, clairvoyance, etc. manifests spontaneously.
For dharmagoat:http://www.blavatskyarchives.com/voicep ... hilama.htm
About The Voice of the Silence, the Dalai Lama and D.T. Suzuki wrote:"Since 1956 I have had a close connection with the Theosophical Society...
"I believe that this book has strongly influenced many sincere seekers and aspirants to the wisdom and compassion of the Bodhisattva Path." - H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
"Undoubtedly Madame Blavatsky had in some way been initiated into the deeper side of Mahayana teaching and then gave out what she deemed wise to the Western world...
"Here is the real Mahayana Buddhism." - D.T. Suzuki
And again, before anyone tries to associate Upasika Blavatsky with racism (and by extension H.H. the Dalai Lama and D.T. Suzuki since they've endorsed her):viewtopic.php?f=97&t=6587&start=0#p117219
Please see this^ post.
Lhug-Pa wrote:My main criticism of H.P. Blavatsky is her criticism of Bön; because she apparently assumed that all Bönpo's are the same as the negative Böns that Padmasambhava subdued, which is a mistake because there have always been positive Bönpo's both before and after Padmasambhava arrived in Tibet. If she were still physically alive today, I'm sure that she would rectify her mistake.