wrong number

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Buddha Tooth Relic“-Temple Singapore

PK concludes that Tapasvi and other religious heads must be calling a ‘wrong number’ to God and, as a result, spreading misunderstandings and meaningless rituals.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI11kI_Q7bc

https://minahasato.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/relikte/

5 thoughts on “wrong number

  1. I think, it’s both. Every religion is based on a hell-threat and a promise for solution – instead of understanding hell on earth. Not doing something against this, but money-collecting is the most important sacrament. You can see it in the YouTube-video, what refined methods they use. And for all western people who think, Buddhism is something else: It’s the same business.
    https://minahasato.wordpress.com/tag/buddhismus/

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  2. There is a strong Buddhist community here very close to where we live. A friend who was very involved in that community, and become disenchanted, has talked of the power issues within it. It came as a big surprise to me who had always had an idealistic view about the Buddhists. I actually have a great mistrust of ‚groups‘ of almost any kind anyway. I simply like to try and live by the basic lessons and ideals of Buddhism. The money collecting issue threads its way through all religions it seems – look how much wealth the Vatican has! The thing that really fascinates me are the people who need these god-like figures (popes and archbishops etc) to look up to and worship – people in funny clothes and funny hats that I can’t help giggling at!

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  3. I have the same problems with groups, Jude. For a long time I found very inspiring ideas in Zen-Buddhism – till I became online-member of the American “Tricycle”-community. Nice people there, some of them I later met. And the worst hate-attacks of mentally disturbed trolls, I ever experienced in the net. But the most important was that I got contact with Prof. Brian Victoria for whom I made translations and helped in his research about the connexion between Zen-Buddhism and the Nazis. I learned that the most important German Zen-promotors after WWII had been engaged Nazis before. And the great enlightened guru Alan Watts was an alcoholic. Since then, that theme is finished for me.
    https://minahasato.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/ein-ethnischer-chauvinist/
    The Chinese version of Buddhism appears very primitive to me. And they are having funny fashion too:
    https://minahasato.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/buddhistische-mode-2013/

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  4. Tom it’s really interesting hearing your experiences. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. I’m going to look at the links – thank you! In the meantime I’ll carry on with simple mindfulness which seems to work for me.🙂

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