laurie post 
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Re: “Buddha in the Desert

It's so funny to hear all of you "Buddhists" trouncing a group and a place and a teacher that you've never even met. Has any of you heard of a guy named Gautama Buddha who taught (and I paraphrase) that unless you are someone (enlightened) like me, you can never know what is in another's mind, so you must never judge another. It's possible that Michael Roach married Christie McNally for reasons you do not understand. It's possible that his understanding of how the teachings can thrive in the context of this culture is different also. Not to overstate the obvious or put Geshe Michael Roach on any A lists that offend your egocentricity, but Jesus and Je Tsongkapa also made a few changes along the way-- that's how both Christianity and the Gelugpa tradition got started. Right or wrong, correct or misguided, you are not the arbiters of his or any man's path. You have never been to Diamond Mountain. You do not know those students or teachers. Your information is largely third-hand. As I recall, Lord Buddha was not a Buddhist-- that came a while later, as all religions do, when people look back at the holiness of their teachers and decide that what they taught was worth preserving. With due respect for my constitutionally protected rights to privacy and freedom of religion, I feel no need to judge the personal, spiritual or legal practices or relationships of Geshe Michael Roach or Lama Christie McNally, and I consider myself blessed to have learned what they taught, regardless of whether it is labeled "Buddhist" in your terms. If "Buddhism" has taught me anything, it is that more than one path has meaning.

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Posted by laurie post on 09/14/2012 at 1:47 PM

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