Namdrol wrote:"Because Americans are very arrogant and their capitalism’s-habit is to think they are very superior to everyone else. They don’t respect other races, and other cultures. They are nationalistic. National - how do you say? Chauvinistic. It is another manifestation of a nihilist view. But the West has no pure Buddhist lineage because they don't respect sublime beings, and they don't believe in teachers.Whatever they do not understand deeply, then they reject, and they say, "This is useless". The problem is how pure Buddhist teachings can flourish in the west.
I cannot say, neither they are or are not because I am not a sublime teacher.
This is what I do not accept. I know many Americans, the vast majority of them are not arrogant and do not think they are better than anyone else.
Well, I know many too, and when it comes to over-confidence in one's knowledge about the world, nature-of-reality, or spiritual experience/inclination-- I have to disagree with you and say the vast majority ARE arrogant. I mean, how could you not see this after years on Esangha? Also, he said the capitalism's-habit is to think they are superior, so he is clearly referring to a collective political-sentiment. In contrast to your statement:
Don't confuse the actions of a small corporate controlled faction controlling our government with the American people. Thanks.
We still collectively support this faction, until we don't. Right now, until it is overturned, the collective supports it. How could you argue anything other?
The western Buddhists I know respect sublime persons and they do beleive in teachers.
That is because you don't hang with the right crowds, I'd say...
If we are not understanding some teaching deeply, that is the fualt of the teachers
I don't agree, there are many instanced where the disciple may be at fault... being a broken vessel, a vessel turned upside down, a full vessel, etc. : you know this teaching.
But the way many Tibetans want it, is that one should have total faith before receiving teachings. This will not work in the West.
I don't believe this is true, however, since aside from large groups of over-zealous Christians we as a culture have collectively determined anything resembling "faith" as contaminated...based on Church politics in the last few centuries and the scientific materialism that was embraced in it's stead..So I think the response was meant to challenge this tendency..
I also do not accept the blanket condemnation that almost all Western teachers of Buddhism are nihilists.
It's not a blanket condemnation, he said almost
all, and the interview took place in the 1990's, so maybe the scene has changed a bit but there's certainly still plenty to go around..
Really? Who are these so called "American Buddhists"?
Well, if you'd been following the trend in Tricycle and other Buddhist-zeitgeist media in the 90's you'll recall there was a whole so-called movement towards an "American-Buddhism", at least this was an ongoing theme and there were articles and interviews about it.. So he was responding to this. Let's not lose the context. Also, this was the time the Carreon's launched their web-rant "American Buddha" which is the most anti-Vajrayana thing on the web aside from the Trimondis. Context is everything.