An interesting book...

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An interesting book...

Post by shankara » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:36 pm

...So the author is not strictly Buddhist in the sense of actually being a part of one of the traditions. He does however write a lot about Buddhist ideas, give mantras such as the one from the Heart Sutra. He also affirms the doctrine of not-self, that there is no permanent self. His own way of describing his doctrine was as a synthesis of Buddhism and Esoteric Christianity (the form of Christianity found in Gurdjieff's work)... Anyway it's my personal opinion that if he was not a Bodhisattva trying to tame beings through Upaya, he was at the very least an interesting person worth making some studies of...

The person I am speaking of is known as Samael Aun Weor. I have recently finished translating one of his books called "The Social Christ" which contains some very interesting discussion of many social problems and comprehensive critique of Marxism in which he mentions the reconditioning of Tibetan children by the Chinese Maoists.

I'm not trying to convert anyone, personally I'm not even entirely convinced, but I think that for anyone who considers themself any sort of social activist or Engaged Buddhist this book in particular is worth reading. You'll get from it whatever you get from it, which I think is the author's intention, he says "I am just a signpost, do not follow me, seek your own self-realisation".
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Re: An interesting book...

Post by steveb1 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:46 pm

Thank you for sharing this. Sounds interesting.

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Re: An interesting book...

Post by Malcolm » Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:41 pm

He was a nutjob:

".... Samael Aun Weor is my true name as a Boddhisattwa. Samael is the name of my Monad! I am perfectly cognizant of the dawn of life in this Solar System! I saw the dawning of Creation! I am here with this humanity, from the very first moment, since the heart of this solar system started to palpitate after the long Cosmic Night. I came here (to this planet) because my Internal God, my Father who is within me, sent me! My only purpose is to serve and help this humanity! This is why I am serving my fellowmen. This is why I am working for the sake of this humanity! ..."

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Re: An interesting book...

Post by Caoimhghín » Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:01 am

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:41 pm
He was a nutjob:

".... Samael Aun Weor is my true name as a Boddhisattwa. Samael is the name of my Monad! I am perfectly cognizant of the dawn of life in this Solar System! I saw the dawning of Creation! I am here with this humanity, from the very first moment, since the heart of this solar system started to palpitate after the long Cosmic Night. I came here (to this planet) because my Internal God, my Father who is within me, sent me! My only purpose is to serve and help this humanity! This is why I am serving my fellowmen. This is why I am working for the sake of this humanity! ..."
:rolling:
To be fair though, these are just very eccentric choices of terminology. No crazy ideas yet.

Wasn't Crowley guided by his higher genius? How is that exceptionally dissimilar to an internal God, your father within you?

"My monad" is a bit weird because it implies there is more than one. That not what a "monad" is obv, its not a dyad.
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歸命本覺心法身常住妙法心蓮臺本來莊嚴三身徳三十七尊住心
城遠離因果法然具普門塵數諸三昧無邊徳海本圓滿還我頂禮心諸佛

In reverence for the root gnosis of the heart, the dharmakāya,
for the ever present good law of the heart, the lotus terrace,
for the inborn adornment of the trikāya, the thirty-seven sages dwelling in the heart,
for that which is removed from seed and fruit, the upright key to the universal gate,
for all boundless concentrations, the sea of virtue, the root perfection,
I prostrate, bowing to the hearts of all Buddhas.

胎藏金剛菩提心義略問答鈔, Treatise on the teaching of the gnostic heart of the womb and the diamond, T2397.1.470c5-8

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Re: An interesting book...

Post by steveb1 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:03 am

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:41 pm
He was a nutjob:

".... Samael Aun Weor is my true name as a Boddhisattwa. Samael is the name of my Monad! I am perfectly cognizant of the dawn of life in this Solar System! I saw the dawning of Creation! I am here with this humanity, from the very first moment, since the heart of this solar system started to palpitate after the long Cosmic Night. I came here (to this planet) because my Internal God, my Father who is within me, sent me! My only purpose is to serve and help this humanity! This is why I am serving my fellowmen. This is why I am working for the sake of this humanity! ..."
Oops...thanks for the explicit corrective, which was not included in the OP.

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Re: An interesting book...

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:05 am

Not particularly relevant to Buddhism, so unless someone has a particular interest in discussion i'm closing this.
There's no hoarding what has vanished,
No piling up for the future;
Those who have been born are standing
Like a seed upon a needle.

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