Yeshe D. wrote:Yeshe wrote:Your main thrust here about rebirth started with a poke at the site
No it didn't. It started in a discussion with Mr. Gordo regarding the literal teachings of the Buddha.Yeshe wrote:in so (innocently ?) rejecting some of the basis of the ToS (Terms of Service).
I'm in no way rejecting the ToS. Surely, discussion of the historical developments of the Dharma are not taboo on a Dharma discussion forum?Yeshe wrote:You mentioned your dislike of eSangha and rejection of aspects which make this site similar. Logically, therefore, your comment that you are on the right forum may need revisiting.
Again, an inaccurate characterization. I liked E-sangha very much. I don't approve of some of the actions of some of the moderators there over the last year or so of its existence. But FTR, none of those actions were ever leveled against myself, and I was never involved in any of the controversial events with regard to the Zen forum or the Theravāda forum which eventually led to much animosity and the banning of Zen teachers and the mass resignation of a number of Theravāda forum mods.
All the best,
I think you may need a reminder of what you threw at mr. gordo earlier. Here is a selection:
''We know how successful this attitude of "[W]hy practice Buddhism if one doesn't believe in rebirth?," conjoined with similar sentiments and actions, proved to be for E-sangha.''
''As a mod here on DW it might be time to reflect upon upping your game.''
''And in my opinion the Dharma is far too precious and rare in this world for the E-sangha fiasco to ever be repeated in any arena or amongst any people attempting to learn and integrate all of the aspects of the eightfold path. I don't believe in dumbing down the Dharma. I also don't see any skillfulness in looking down upon others or engendering a smug attitude, pretending to know all the answers.''
That reads like someone seeking to kick at this forum, its moderation and its ToS, which implicitly accept rebirth in creating rules about practices involving beings in other realms. Yes, they restrict certain discussions, but people know that when they join and read them, but this is not eSangha and your comments were unwarranted and destructive. Your invitation by Retro to help find Mods makes insulting a Mod on an open forum even more remarkable, especially as you owned up that you did so to be combative, by making several ad homs (personal remarks and insults).
You have also not provided historical evidence to substantiate the comment on the Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna 'appropriation of non-Buddhist deities, which were then recast as tenth stage bodhisattvas and buddhas.' This would of course only be possible if there were to be evidence of their existence prior to Buddhism.