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Heartspoon

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Special pride
« on: April 23, 2008, 07:32:38 PM »
Nowadays, some of HH the Dalai Lama's followers have their own special pride. They claim that HH the Dalai Lama is so superior that they themselves should be considered superior.

HH the Dalai Lama, it is true, is very great, but it does not necessarily follow that one who claims to be among His followers is also great. The greatness of a master depends upon his realization. Blind allegiance to a master cannot make a practitionner superior.

It is common for them to look down on the practitioners of Dorje Shugden, thinking of them
as ignorant practitioners whose practice is not supported by right understanding of the Dharma's true meaning.

Some of them claim that the Dorje Shugden practitioners don't belong anymore to their Gelugpa tradition. Others, go as far as claiming that the Dorje Shugden practitioners are not to be considered as Dharma followers.

These are attitudes commonly found among tibetan buddhist monks and lay people.
They may be common attitudes, but they are not Buddhist attitudes.

One who despises another Buddhist school despises the Buddha. He impairs the transmission of the Dharma. The presence of the Dharma is jeopardized by such an attitude, and one becomes cut off from its transmission. This is so because one's refuge vows are based upon reliance on the Enlightened One, His Teachings, and the Holy Community. If one rejects Dharma one breaks one's refuge vow and thereby becomes cut off from the Dharma. By rejecting this Dharma that is the only door to happiness for beings and oneself, one accumulates inexhaustible sin.

Therefore, the Buddha taught that one should also not despise the Dharma of non-Buddhists for it is their source of happiness and benefit. One should not despise or harbour contempt for the doctrines of the Hindus, Christians, or other non-Buddhist religions because this attitude of attachment to one's own side while rejecting the possibility of differences is harmful to one's own spiritual career.

Those people who harbour voiced or unvoiced contempt for the teachings and the lineage of other schools incur great sin and terrible consequences. Worst of all, this attitude is as unnecessary as it is harmful.
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Re: Special pride
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2008, 07:35:05 PM »
One whose Dharma career is tainted by narrow-mindedness and attachment to one's own interests while rejecting those of others will never overcome the many obstacles to the attainment of wisdom or insight.

Sectarianism turns the pure Dharma into poison. Through it, one accumulates great sin. In this life one will be frustrated in one's own Dharma efforts. Upon death, one will fall into hell as swiftly as an arrow shot from a bow. These are the consequences of spending a lifetime in rejecting others' spiritual efforts on such narrow-minded grounds.

Therefore be mindful not to indulge in this attitude that brings so much unsought harm upon yourself. Do not create obstacles to your own Dharma. Strive instead for pure faith and maintain that faith in all manifestations of the Three Jewels, no matter whether they are represented in one school of Tibetan Buddhism or in another. Painstakingly nurture your refuge vows and pure faith and thereby grow truly in the Dharma.

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Re: Special pride
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2008, 08:01:20 PM »
Haribadra desiring to benefit himself and others
Had a direct vision of Maitreya
Received His teachings and blessings
Composed his Commentary Clarifying the Meaning
Not out of his own ability

A King guided by his own special pride
Rather than following his root guru’s lead
Chose the path of one’s own ability
Deprived of teachings and blessings
Where I fear no Buddha ever walked

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Re: Special pride
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2008, 08:22:22 PM »
Statement by an ignorant person,

"If He were a real King, He should protect the people. There may not be any King such as this, whose special pride needs to be protected by the people. Is it proper to disturb the peace and harmony by causing conflicts, unleashing terror and shooting demeanous words for the sake of politics ? Does this fulfill the wishes of our great masters? Try to analyze and contemplate on the teachings that had been taught in the Lamrim [stages of path], Lojong [training of mind] and other scriptural texts. Does devoting time in framing detrimental plots and committing degrading act, which seems no different from the act of attacking monasteries wielding swords and spears and draining the holy robes of the Buddha with blood, fulfill the wishes of our great masters?
The Mahayana teachings advocate an altruistic attitude of saving all. Thus why is it not possible for one, who acclaims oneself to be a Mahayana, to stop worshipping these dubious politics for the sake of special pride and for the well-being of the King ?

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Re: Special pride
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2008, 10:30:21 PM »
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Actually dear Heartspoon, this last statement about a king can almost perfectly apply to the one called "King-God", the Dalai Lama himself. Almost all words might be bent to favor one side or the other.

Facts, on the other hand, are harder to bend.

We, that are forced nowadays to be called "practitioners of the Protector", are in reality just disciples of Lord Tsongkapa, whose teachings we received in a direct line from the heart of our Lamas. Our Lamas were all disciples of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka.

Now, the Dalai Lama on his side wants to invent a new tradition mixing all lineages. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT OUR LAMAS DO NOT ADVICE.
Nevertheless, the Dalai Lama is free to create a new tradition.
HE DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO IMPOSE IT ON OTHERS THROUGH HIS POLITICO/RELIGIOUS POWER, THROUGH HIS MEDIATIC IMAGE POWER.

Both Lord Atisha and Lord Tsongkapa had to bring a new inception of Dharma to Tibet, because Dharma had somehow degenerated. When they did, they only brought joy and the blooming of Dharma, an overflow of good things. Not fear, disharmony, slander. Not imposing through political power. Never. 

The Dalai Lama, on the other hand, is using his political power to crush those who do not follow his invention. On trying to create a new religious tradition for the Tibetan people he brought confusion, fear, disharmony, he inspired many people to commit unaccountable number of bad deeds, pushed them to persecute, slander, attack others, and this, not only among his fellow Tibetans but also among his followers around the world that are not Tibetan. All of them are right now persecuting others inspired by the Dalai Lama. This is a degeneration of Dharma.

Lord Atisha and Lord Tsongapa never turned their back on their Gurus. Never.
The Dalai Lama turned his back on his Gurus.

THESE ARE FACTS.
And it gives such pain just to describe them.

Me being Westerner and all, I don't know much about nice words, and in the West we tend to be direct, which, I know, is considered bad manners in other parts of the world, but that's how it goes, now the Dharma came to the West and our culture has also some rights to express itself, and it's true that we like to call a spade a spade.  So allow me to use a biblical quotation.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. That's all.

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