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Old January 19th, 2016, 05:36 AM   #21
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There are different sects of Buddhism. The Chinese government has effectively ended the very long and ancient sect of Tibetan Buddhism by placing a choice of their own on the seat of the Panchen Lama rather than the person chosen by the Tibetan lamas and named by the Dalai Lama as is the tradition. The Panchen Lama will be the one to name the next Dalai Lama when the current Dalai Lama dies. It is a very precise process in Tibetan Buddhism to choose these lamas and after China's invasion of Tibet and the exile of the current Dalai Lama, China has done whatever it can to destroy this ancient culture and tradition, and now holds prisoner the chosen Panchen Lama and controls the puppet Panchen Lama, who will determine the next Dalai Lama, which will not be accepted as the true leader by the followers. Leaving them without a spiritual leader.
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Some of my best understandings of Buddhist teachings came from "The Snow Leopard" by Peter Matthiessen. The concept of "not doing" or not trying resonates perfectly. It explains why "do gooders" of all stripes seldom do any good.

Also, the teaching that attachment is the source of all suffering rings true at this point in my life. When younger, I rejected this teaching. With age, and presumably some wisdom, I see indeed it is attachment and the resulting fear of loss that undergirds suffering.

Lastly, the Buddhist concept of a Bodhisattva intrigues me. In general, a Bodhisattva is a being on the path to being a Buddha. One type of Bodhisattva is a being who delays his or her achieving Buddhahood until the time when all sentient beings do so. A Bodhisattva thus chooses to experience samsara even though his or her life path frees him or her from reincarnation, the cycle of death and rebirth and of course, suffering.

I didn't do justice to the Bodhisattva concept. It's quite complex, but the idea that a being who's headed for liberation from samsara instead chooses, from a deep compassion for others trapped in samsara, to continue reincarnating to help others liberate themselves seems an ultimate expression of love and compassion.

You really do need to read Tibetan Buddhism or Viet Nam Buddism. American buddhism has it all screwed up.
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There are different sects of Buddhism. The Chinese government has effectively ended the very long and ancient sect of Tibetan Buddhism by placing a choice of their own on the seat of the Panchen Lama rather than the person chosen by the Tibetan lamas and named by the Dalai Lama as is the tradition. The Panchen Lama will be the one to name the next Dalai Lama when the current Dalai Lama dies. It is a very precise process in Tibetan Buddhism to choose these lamas and after China's invasion of Tibet and the exile of the current Dalai Lama, China has done whatever it can to destroy this ancient culture and tradition, and now holds prisoner the chosen Panchen Lama and controls the puppet Panchen Lama, who will determine the next Dalai Lama, which will not be accepted as the true leader by the followers. Leaving them without a spiritual leader.
They all follow the Dalia Lama. The Communist government can do what is wants. Tibetan buddhism is alive and well outside and inside Tibet.
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They all follow the Dalia Lama. The Communist government can do what is wants. Tibetan buddhism is alive and well outside and inside Tibet.
no....outside the Tibetan tradition the dalia lama is not considered much more than a monk.
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They all follow the Dalia Lama. The Communist government can do what is wants. Tibetan buddhism is alive and well outside and inside Tibet.
What about the Panchen Lama being a prisoner of China? He will be the one to name the next Dalai Lama, how are they going to do that and maintain that tradition? While the spirit of Buddhism is alive and well, the lineage of these Lamas is not.
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