A Gnostic Instructor once wrote:Nowadays, it seems that many people want to incorporate the teachings of Buddhism into their lives.
It is very popular, for example, for psychologists to incorporate Buddhism into their therapy.
There are a number of movies, like the Matrix series, that incorporate Buddhist ideology in order to give it that pseudo-mystical sensation without the necessity of spirituality.
All ideas, sciences, art, and philosophy that are void of spirituality lead the mind into materialism. The material mind, the intellect is the slave of sensation. The control of the animal mind is black magic.
The Buddha Shakyamuni, the great Lamas of Tibet, Boddhidarma and the Zen Masters of his lineage, and all of the resplendent Buddhas and Boddhisatvas that have sacrificed for this humanity ALWAYS based their teachings and their missions upon deep spiritual principles.
Yet, because Buddhism does not recognize a "god", the materialists of the west grab hold of it and incorporate it into their false personalities so as to cultivate an air of mysticism and powers of the mind. Sadly, the materialists are not able to conceive of Seity.
Psychology that is not based upon the re-establishing of the connection with the Inner Being is black magic. Although, there are some psychologists that lead their patients, slowly and subtley, to the intelligence of the Being... The problem is the trend in incorporating Buddhism without incorporating spirituality.
We must be careful of the pseudo-esoteric trends in our western culture. The Buddhism that is aclimated to the west is Gnostic Christic Buddhism.
Currently, there are trends like "crazy wisdom" in Tibetan Buddhism. This type of behavior has only really been permissable in the west where so-called Buddhist teachers can be alcohalics and instigators of orgies.
People forget that the Dalai Lama says that EVERY spiritual teacher should lead a life of purity and sancitity.
Gnostic Christic Buddhism is the perfect balance between East and West. Currently we live in a culture that is becoming more and more synthetic, blending races, creeds, cultures, ideologies, religions etc.
Christic Buddhism is the same doctrine that Jesus of Nazareth taught. It is the same teachings of all of the Masters of Tibet, that was passed down from Shakyamuni Buddha, Padmasambava, Atisha, Je Tsongkapa, Tenzin Gyatso etc.
Yet, today in the west, spirituality is an anything goes market.
It is something where we decide to believe in a particular concept one day because it best matches our style and another the next day because we have a different outfit.
We must be very careful of the poisonous vibrations of the Kalkian personalities that incorporate styles and ideas that are lacking true spiritual foundations.
conebeckham wrote:"It is not things, but your attachment to them, that binds you in Samsara."
Food_Eatah wrote:well... there is the Jetavana, Anathapindika’s Park. Which was donated by Prince of Sravasti, who was touched by Anathapindika's generous donations of gold.
Not to mention all the donations, protections provided by all the devote kings, Brahmins, eldars and ordinary citizens.
Do whatever you what, bearing in mind that your actions have consequences. Buy whatever you want, bearing in mind that you may become attached to it.CharlesV wrote:Hello all, first time posting here
I have a question, I was reading Alan Watts' book yesterday at Barnes and Noble, and I'm quite interested in Buddhism. My question has to do with luxury items, specifically exotic cars. Would you guys (and gals) frown on ownership of such items. Bear in mind that I am quite the philanthropist as well (about 30% of my income.)
I wouldn't say that I'm "spoiled" by such items, I've been able to afford the items in question for well over 5 years, but I just now started collecting them.
What is your take?
With regards, Charles.
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