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re: The Four Noble Truths lil' jimi

Posted by habbyshabit on July 5, 2003, at 10:45:05

In reply to re: The Four Noble Truths habbyshabit, posted by lil' jimi on July 3, 2003, at 12:13:39


Yours was a very thoughtful and well constructed post. I felt very heard and respect for my point of view. For that I am deeply grateful. It's wonderful to find a Buddhist friend again. When I lived in Wyoming I had several. I love talking Dharma.

You mentioned Manjusri, he is a favorite of mine as well as the Amitaba (sp?) Bodhisattva. Seems we have a lot in common, no? The web site you posted is the one I was referring to. I've learned a great deal there and would love to meet The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche some day.

I lived in Boulder, CO during the years when The Venerable Trungpa Rinpoche was there and conducting business at Naropa. I was not THAT interested at that time to seek out an audience with him, or at least be in an audience that he was teaching. I did read "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" several times during my time in Boulder. In 1994 I was able to spend a work/study weekend at the Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, now called some thing the like The Rocky Mountain Shambala Center. I had moved to Fort Collins, CO and it was not a far drive to their compound. The Stupa was still in the process of being built. The Shinto Shrine, that Trungpa had brought Japanese Shinto Priests over from Japan to supervise the building of, was complete and boy did I have a high time of it there.

I went that particular weekend because a very high lama from eastern Tibet (sorry I forgot his name ), who had to ride out of his village by horse and then catch a ride by car to the a small landing strip and then to a major Airport to get to America. He spoke no English. He was going to perform the Bhuddist Vow ceremony. At the time I was certain that I was ready to become a REAL Buddhist and take my vows.

As it turned out, my Jewish Soul just could not do it. I know there are quite a few Jewish Buddhists. Someone coined the phrase JuBu there are so many. For me, I just could not give up the privilege of calling myself a Jew. I'm a very secular Jew, but a Jew none the less.

It was a spectacular weekend and one I'll never forget for sure.

I'd love to address the chicken and egg thing some more. I have to re-read your post and give it some thought. We're going camping tonight and there is lots still to be done just to get out of the house and up Wolverine Canyon. So - stay tuned!

Thanks so much for your interest in communicating with me. I am so honored and thrilled!!!!

Till then,
Happy Trails under Cool Shade Trees!




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