Your concern for all those wasting their lives in the FPMT and other such programs is rather heart warming. You may offer similar common sense fatherly life advice for those with dreams of music, art, sports etc. and it is not unreasonable advice but I think it is rather obvious that these programs are not for the mainstream.
Perhaps I am not really sold on the Buddhist teaching that samsaric activities are a waste of time...
rory wrote:From my talks with various friends it seems I have more time to study the dharma on a deep level than institutional monks and nuns.
JKhedrup wrote:Do people really see no benefit to having at least a few people engaged in dharma activities full-time around?
The serious lay Buddhists I speak with mostly benefit from relationships with Lamas who for at least part of their lives were engaged either in full time Buddhist study or full-time retreat. They use their family life and the challenges of raising children, etc. as part of their practice.
But there is also a place for those who seek to offer their life to the dharma. How could such rich Buddhist philosophy and practice have developed over the years if no one was able to do that?
Alfredo wrote: A life sacrificed represents a heavy cost. Questions need to be asked about how much sacrifice is really needed, and what is gained in return. (Too often, in Buddhism the benefits are imaginary.)
Sorry man, but that's just plain old BS. The only thing that this statement betrays is your complete lack of knowledge of what Buddhism actually is. Benefit and loss are concepts that belong to the realm of worldly dharmas, not Buddhadharma. Buddhism (whether people like it or not) is the means by which Buddhadharma is practiced, promulgated, etc...Alfredo wrote:(Too often, in Buddhism the benefits are imaginary.)
Minjeay wrote:In fact a spiritual rule would be that you would have to leave your two Geshes instantly should you meet a better practicioner than them, and follow this particular practicioner.
pensum wrote:You may find this book of interest: New Mahāyāna: Buddhism for a Post-modern World by Ryōmin Akizuki http://books.google.ca/books?id=6zrufYh0pQgC&dq=new+mahayana+akizuki&source=gbs_navlinks_s
there's a review here http://www.tricycle.com/node/31934?page=0,5
Our first task, then, as practitioners who wish buddhadharma to prosper in the West, is to receive and master the inheritance of dharma. We have not yet done so, but we have made a start.
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