Vidyaraja wrote: uan wrote:
It's interesting. You haven't even gone, and you are already surrounded by an aura of suspicion and paranoia.
There's a lesson in there.
If you go with a heart to learn the Dharma then trust that you've accumulated the merit to meet with a guru or spiritual teacher. That's at the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, the guru. There are many very qualified and realized lamas living in China. I think it's disrespectful to imply otherwise.
I am not suspicious or paranoid, I was just reiterating what I was hearing from other posters regarding the overall situation. I also meant no disrespect toward Chinese masters and I am sure they are in plenty.
I didn't mean to imply that you were suspicious or paranoid, though the framing of my words can certainly be read that way. We all make up our realities from our own experiences. My wife is Chinese and follows Vajrayana. One of her gurus is a legitimately realized master (who spent 20 yrs in prison after 1959) in Eastern Tibet. A few years back she was speaking to his student (he only has one that he teaches full time at this point) who basically said "people from America keep causing us (him and his master) trouble, always calling us on the phone, telling us become political, etc." So they left their monastery to go into retreat.
If you're not political, it's not a problem. I would recommend establishing yourself a bit in China first, and seeing if you can meet with some Vajra follower, and see if you can find opportunities in that way.
Vidyaraja wrote:Which leaves me with another general question. Is there amicability between the various schools of Buddhists? For example, could I study at a Chan monastery and later a Tibetan or vice versa or both? Do the Tibetan Buddhists and Chan Buddhists get along?
Not a problem. My second guru in China was a Chan master on Putou Island (another of the 4 sacred mountains in China - this one associated with Guanyin). My wife had previously spent 6 months at a nunnery there. It's funny, we went to one of the temples there, I forget which one, and when I went into the main hall, I was actually kicked out lol. It wasn't a government official, just one of the lay volunteers iirc) who didn't want a foreigner there. (It was a special Buddhist day, but I forget which one). I didn't (and still don't) feel any animosity towards them. They have their own suspicions and paranoia
Besides, at the time, I was still smoking, so it gave me a chance to go have a couple smokes
Later we went to a Chan monastery and met the master who would be one of my gurus. So it's all good.