Malcolm wrote: It has everything to do with this discussion.
Malcolm wrote: I am Buddhist. But I am not really a "buddhist". I am a practitioner of Dharma, not a follower of a school.
dzogchungpa wrote:Well, nobody ever asks me if I'm a Buddhist, but this thread is beginning to make me think I would say no if someone did.
PadmaVonSamba wrote:Is your point that as soon as one refers to Buddism,
that the 'ism' makes it a reference to one specific tradition or another,
and that it is an inaccurate term because not all traditions agree on all the same doctrines,
hence, there is no common ("generic") Buddhism?
Sherab Dorje wrote:I doubt it. I forsee the conversation developing in the following manner: "You believe in outside tents? High tents? You mean like a circus tent? And what does trying to grab medium sized parsnips have to do with...?"
rory, "This kind of weird modesty "I'm sooo imperfect" sounds very Christian to me" Wishing to spread the dharma also sounds very Christian to me. When you really 'know' then the spreading will happen spontaniously.