Caoimhghín wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:09 pm
Cultures will do what they can to say they are special. The Chinese are no different than the Americans, than the Canadians, Israelis, etc.
An aside I just remembered: there is a whole movement that believes the Iliad and Odyssey are British epic poems that take place in Britain.
The French used to believe their language came from Greek, not Latin, so they could be special.
Also the Mormons think the lost tribes of Israel were in America (Jesus was there too!)
before the modern day Native Americans did a genocide.
There are some Sri Lankans who think the Buddha was born, preached, and died, in Sri Lanka.
Every culture seems to be the same.
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