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17 October 2005

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steve

Dear Rasa,

Your post needs much closer reading than I can give it at the moment, and so I may end up replying again (lucky you!!) But let me just say here that I found it energetic and intriguing to read. Speaking as a Christian, one of the things that attracts me to Pure Land Buddhism -- and there are many -- is how I at lease *sense* it is in agreement with much of what you say. It grew out of times and a religious critique (that of Honan in medieval Japan) in what can only be compared fruitfully to the Protestant Reformation. The spiritual (and political and econimic!) elitism of the religious authorities, not to mention the political authorities, was insufferable; and it *was* elitist. As in Jesus' day and His own ministry, the poor -- and the outcast, ritually unclean, holders of "impure" jobs, and just generally the 99% of us who don't have the time, wealth, social standing or just plain ordinary "smarts" to be saved, brought into the Kingdom, Enlightened, whatever -- *these* folks were being addressed and invited back in by Amazing Grace. I need to read it more closely, but your post seems to me to be lifting that up, and for that I am grateful!

best,
steve

Tom

It is important to remember always that the principle of egolessness does not mean that there was an ego in the first place but the Buddhists did away with it. On the contrary, it means there was never any ego at all to begin with. To realize this is called "egolessness."

- Sogyal Rinpoche

Tom

You write, "I will wait for the Truth to reveal Itself to me."

The following was in whiskey river this week:

“We are hidden in ourselves, like a truth hidden in isolated facts. When we know that this One in us is One in all, then our truth is revealed.” - either The Upanishads or Tagore

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