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Friday, October 28, 2005

Buddhism is Fluid in Nature


When ever Buddhism has taken root in a new land, there has been a certain variation in the style in which it is observed. The Buddha himself taught differently according to the place, the occasion and the situation of those who were listening to him.

~His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

James's coment: I think that this is a great quote and teaching to keep in mind as Buddhism adapts and takes hold in the west. There are some Buddhists who believe that American Buddhism is not real Buddhism but the Dalai Lama rejects this idea. Stating that the very nature of Buddhism and its success is it's ability to be rather flexible to new cultures and traditions.

This is also one of the main reasons to me that Buddhism is so soft, compassionate and beautiful.

-Peace to all beings-

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4 comments:

Nacho said...

James, my sangha is called the River Sangha. I read the title of your post (Buddhism is Fluid in Nature) and immediately thought of the river that snakes right by where we meet. I would change it a bit and say the dharma is fluid in nature! (but Buddhism also). Thanks James!

marieroshi said...

You're so cool.

"James" said...

Nacho:

I love rivers and water in general. Water is a great metaphor for Buddhism and the Dharma.

Marieroshi:

Well, thank you very much!!

eddyyansen said...

Great James ,
Buddhism is the truth , the truth doesn't need a name.

Best regards

Upa.Ratnachandra
http://dailymetta.blogspot.com/ to

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