Kerouac was demoralized by criticism of Dharma Bums from such respected figures in the American field of Buddhism as Zen teacher Ruth Fuller Sasaki and Alan Watts. He wrote to Snyder, referring to a meeting with D. T. Suzuki, that "even Suzuki was looking at me through slitted eyes as tho I was a monstrous imposter." He passed up the opportunity to reunite with Snyder in California, and explained to Whalen, "I'd be ashamed to confront you and Gary now I've become so decadent and drunk and dontgiveashit. I'm not a Buddhist any more."[33
Jikan wrote:So there's a coincidence between hippie-dom and the Buddhist world in North America, because both are alternative ways of doing things, meaning that if the mainline gives you a rash (and it should!), you're going to try something different. Buddhism is certainly "something different," if you're doing it right.
Jikan wrote:...Even people who don't fit in with mainstream or hegemonic religions, even people who are so screwed up that psychotherapy won't work and they have to go the Full Vajrayana (because let's be honest, who would go to such an extreme as this if there wasn't an easier alternative available?).
spiritnoname wrote:Hippies like to associate with things that are exotic. Buddhism used to be exotic and there were too few educated Buddhists to tell the hippies off properly, so for quite a while hippies with all their horse sh!t explanations of why it's okay to do the stupid things they do in the context of Buddhism, ran the scene and were the face of Buddhism.
spiritnoname wrote:The past 40 years has been the equivalent of a retarded kid pretending he is an astronaut.
spiritnoname wrote: The real astronauts being thoroughly offended when people compared them to the retard but at the same time not sure what to do about it. I mean, hippies are retarded, whaddya gonna do?
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
The Blessed One said, "Now, what are the eight thoughts of a great person?
This Dhamma is for one who is modest, not for one who is self-aggrandizing.
This Dhamma is for one who is content, not for one who is discontent.
This Dhamma is for one who is reclusive, not for one who is entangled.
This Dhamma is for one whose persistence is aroused, not for one who is lazy.
This Dhamma is for one whose mindfulness is established, not for one whose mindfulness is confused.
This Dhamma is for one whose mind is centered, not for one whose mind is uncentered.
This Dhamma is for one endowed with discernment, not for one whose discernment is weak.
This Dhamma is for one who enjoys non-objectification, who delights in non-objectification, not for one who enjoys & delights in objectification.
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