Re: In Defense of The Teacher-less "not really buddhists" Buddhists


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Posted by Grace (209.79.180.99) on April 20, 2000 at 01:49:39:

In Reply to: In Defense of The Teacher-less "not really buddhists" Buddhists posted by Rochelle on April 19, 2000 at 13:38:34:

Rochelle,
I am one of those you speak of in your post. It is very depressing to me to read a post telling me I am not a Buddhist because I do not have access to a teacher or a Sangha in the physical sense. I do the things you do....read, follow the 4 Noble Truths and meditate. I try every day to live the teachings of Buddha the best I can. I live a long distance from the nearest Buddhist Center. I am not able physically to drive this distance on a regular basis and have no one willing to drive me there. So should I abandon my desire to live as a Buddhist? What would the Dhali Lama say to someone like me? Would he discourage me from my spiritual path? I don't think so. His great compassion for others would not allow him to instill this idea into my heart. That it is hopeless for me to try to continue as a Buddhist unless I can conform to these "rules". I find this very difficult to believe that this is what Buddhism wants those of us so new to it to feel. I certainly need some encouragement regarding this statement. Can anyone respond on this issue?


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