students seen dressed as Arabs mocking them by carrying toy machine guns


#161

Fine. On behalf of the Dalai Lama, I hereby excuse you from being a Tibetan Buddhist. But identifying a “mainstream” of any religion is methodologically problematic.


#162

Ok, well a lot of Buddhists I know and Buddhist groups are wary of Tibetan Buddhism. Maybe that sits better with you.


#163

You could say this about virtually any religion. Maybe it’s based on religious disagreements (which boil down to differences of opinion), or maybe it’s based on the scandals that have arisen from time to time (in every religion).


#164

Ok, sure. I think maybe you need to look a little deeper into Tibetan Buddhism . There have been many Buddhist cults.


#165
  • Buddhism is not a religion.
  • Trotskyism is not Communism.
  • The whale is not a fish.
  • The tomato is not a fruit.
  • The peanut is not a nut.
  • The ladybug is not a bug.

You can make arguments for and against all these positions and more. If you have time… :rainbow:

Of course they’re different! :wall: But you were doing a lousy job of explaining how they’re different because you chose one of the weakest possible arguments.

Sorry, I was wishing you a pleasant day. Back to that now. :slight_smile:
:bowing: :bowing:


#166

You can’t just decide to do something on the Dalai Lama’s behalf. Well, I suppose you can proclaim to.


#167

Dont understand what you are saying. Who said any of that?


#168

Sheesh. Thats just lame. If you cant even argue your point thats fine. No need for immaturity


#169

Them’s fightin’ words


#170

Just no need for it.


#171

Woah, I just noticed your avatar – you came out?! Why didn’t you tell me? :smile:


#172

Would you say Jim Jones 'Peoples Temples is considered mainstream Christianity?

Tibetan Buddhism contains lots of spirits and mysticism that to be has connections to the Buddhism I learnt. It also focuses on the tantras which doesn’t exist elsewhere and is not rooted in what the Buddha taught. For me, more importantly it has a caste of sacred Lamas who are supposed to be Buddha’s walking the earth.

For me, Buddhism isn’t mysticism. Its a simple but difficult practice based on meditation. For me Tibetan Buddhism is a cult with a Buddhist flavor.


#173

I communicate with him telepathically.


#174

Ironically, that’s the kind of superpower Tibetans would claim he has


#175

Try putting “is considered” in the active voice. Considered by who?

A “mainstream” sect would be what, a sect that I like? Or a sect that I think is important?


#176

Didn’t we have this discussion telepathically?


#177

In a previous life.


#178

We could play this game all day in lieu of proper arguments.

Would you say Jim Jones would be considered Christian by the majority of Christians to be mainstream? Would you say that what Jim Jones taught is congruent with the teachings of majority of Churches in the US?

Usually in conversation you don’t need to qualify terms like ‘mainstream’ as we are all smart people and understand how the English language works.


#179

Considered by whom?

Obviously the various Christian denominations have a variety of opinions about one another’s bona fides, and none of them support Jim Jones.


#180

Obviously , exactly.