Re: A person and his teachings/character/life
Jan 09, 1999 04:55 PM
by Darren Porter
Jerry,thanks for your comment on David-Neel. I have only just encountered
her writings, but already I find her amazing. Surely few people have stayed
in Tibet as long as her. This is why i am amazed that no-one commented
about my previous David-Neel quote Re: Origin of the word Dugpa.
And just an aside, if anyone is interested (and it may be synchronicity at
play), another newsgroup I am on has also just brought up Crowley v
Theosophy - but this group has nothing to do with either - if interested
visit the following website, and then join the NOVELTY mailing list
(shamanic, I Ching, Fractals, Terrence Mckenna, Castaneda etc):
Cheers all and Have a Wonderful 2nd to last year of the Century.
At 03:36 PM 1/9/99 -0500, you wrote:
>David-Neel was a true initiate and her writings contain genuine
>Tibetan Buddhist teachings. Many of today's Tibetans have
>acknowledged her. Personally, I agree completely with the
>quote you posted and I repeat below.
>>Another quote from Alexandra David-Neels book, Initiations and Initiates in
>>Tibet (page 8):
>>"Even when they have rejected belief in an immmaterial and immortal soul
>>regarded as there true 'ego' , most Occidentals continue to picture to
>>themselves an homogenous entity which endures from birth to death at least.
>>This entity may undergo change, may become better or worse, but it is not
>>supposed that these changes must follow one another from minute to minute.
>>Thus, failing to observe the manifestations which break the continuity of a
>>persons habitual aspect, we talk of a man who is good or bad, austere or
>>The Lamaist Mystics deny the existence of this 'ego'. They assert that it
>>is no more than a concatenation of transformations, an aggregate whose
>>elements, material and mental alike, act and re-act upon one another and
>>are incessantly being exchanged for those of the neighbouring aggregates.
>>Thus the individual, as they see him, is like the swift current of a river
>>or the many aspects of a whirlpool.
>>Advanced disciples are able to recognise, amid this succession of
>>individuals showing themselves in their master, the one from whom useful
>>lessons and counsels may be obtained. In order to profit thereby, they
>>tolerate the inferior manifestations which appear to them in the same Lama,
>>just as they would patiently wait the passing of a sage in a crowd of
>>Any response to this item?
>>NOS the Red Cap Dugpa (aka Darren)
>>but only 49% of the time.
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