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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - - what is an authentic Buddhist...

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- what is an “authentic” Buddhist teaching? - Garfield: back and forth communication between asian and Western Buddhism Trungpa on Tantra - tantric Buddhism requires much background before it can be properly understood Mahayana - the four seals of doctrine are: (1) all conditioned phenomena are impermanent (2) all contaminated phenomena are of the nature of suffering (3) all phenomena are empty and selfless (4) only nirvana is peace Who is a Buddhist? Tweed : - Buddhists are those who say they are - ambivalence is the norm - criteria for being a Buddhist refuge precepts birth membership practice what else? (see p 26-27) - Other kinds of Buddhists: cradle Buddhists (those born into the faith) convert Buddhists (those who choose it) not-just-Buddhists (eg; also confucian) lukewarm Buddhists night-table Buddhists - what about scholars? (not just scholar practitioners) Monascticism and Monastics in the West - Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO)
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