plwk wrote:As I see it, in my limited view, it's not about who's first or last in line but perhaps what it's meant is that there are 4 Buddhist Schools and Bon, which makes up the 5 Traditions of Tibet? I recall reading this link: Bon as the Fifth Tradition of Tibet
Sherab wrote:Communication via language is always from a reference point, explicitly or implicitly.
In this case "Bon as the fifth tradition" is from the reference point of Tibetan Buddhism.
For those who do not accept Bon as Buddhist, there are only four Buddhist traditions. For those who accept Bon as Buddhist, it is then given the label "5th tradition" since there are already the traditionally accepted 4 Buddhist tradtions.
Heruka wrote:buddhas dont teach traditions and sects, schools etc.
that is ordinary human vision to do so.
i am a buddhist, but have learnt a great many things from bonpos.
understanding each other is the point i think.
it reminds me of someone trying to learn farming but is divorced/seperated from the earth.
kalden yungdrung wrote:
Bön is Buddhist because this lineage is founded by a Buddha.
But there are more Buddhas of course and Tibet is in my eyes a Buddha Land where once a Buddha lived.
But in India there lived also a Buddha named The Buddha Shakyamuni who is also venerated in Bön as such.
So India is also of course a Buddhaland or a country where once a Buddha did live,historical seen.
We very sure do not have problems or discriminate between Buddhas.
Buddhas do not discriminate between/among Buddhas.
Who do this, are the not Buddhas.
The reality is that there are those who do not believe that Bon is buddhist regardless of what you think. Similarly there are those who do not believe that Dorje Thekpa is buddhist among the followers of sutric Mahayana. And there are those who follow Theravada who do not believe in the Mahayana, let alone Vajrayana.
In the end, all these don't matter because in Buddhism (whichever tradition you follow) it is the application of the teachings that count.
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