Posted by Tony Page (220.127.116.11) on November 02, 2000 at 10:28:34:
I have received some messages indicating disquiet over the recent postings from "Master" (no email address provided) worried that people new to Buddhism may not realize that these extracts from Sheng-yen Lu's books are not generally accepted teachings but the specialised teachings from a (relatively) recently formed sect.
This is an open forum, but I will step in if any one person or organisation tends to overwhelm it. All genuine contributions and points of view on Buddhism are welcome, but please provide attribution if you are from a particular organisation so that people can check up and come to their own conclusions.
In this case, these teachings are from the "True Buddha School" (http://www.tbsn.org/) which was founded by a young Chinese man from Seattle around twenty years ago or so. He claims to be a living buddha, has written numerous books and describes many strange and mystic experiences. As far as I know, he has no connection with any of the main lineages. I think you could say that the TBS views are of the more fringe and esoteric character sometimes found in the Chinese diaspora, but that's not to say there are no elements of truth contained in them.
People must make up their own mind, but in cases such as these, I think it's important to be up front about your background. Perhaps it was Mr Sheng-yen Lu himself who posted, if so, thank you. But please next time let us know who you are or represent, especially when you are mentioning your book!
Mr Lu's address is
17102 NE 40th Ct.,
Redmond, WA 98052,
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