Luke wrote:Hey Randomseb and Admantine: Chill out!
I appreciate the opinions and information which both of you have given me, but I feel bad that my thread caused you to feel hatred for one another.
I feel nothing but compassion for the both of you, and compassion for everyone else, so don't worry about that!
My purpose generally in cases like this is to have people analyze their own mental state, when they fall into a clinging spiral, you know? Often in religion people latch on to the dogma, and forget the ultimate purpose of the teachings, as we all have probably noticed in others, but we rarely notice this in ourselves.
Religions are like pyramids, as you climb up the slope of practice and realization, the size of the conceptual containers, that is to say, the pile of dogma and rituals and mythological stories and so on, gets smaller and smaller, until you step onto the very top, and there is nothing left. Ahhhh! Just open space! Padma Sambhava's Clear Light of Uncreate Mind.