RE: Response to Rich
Jan 14, 1999 11:02 AM
by Bazzer (Paul)
>> In a message dated 1/13/99 1:10:03 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> >So far as I know, this is one of the basic differences between the
> >Theravadin and Mahayana. HPB was clearly in the Mahayana camp.
> Wrong. HPB was in the Theosophical "camp" which has a far more
> esoteric and
> fundamental view of cosmic reality and the laws of reincarnation and karma
> than either the Theravadin, the Mahayana, the Vajrayana, or any
> other exoteric
> religious schools.
Hence interpretations and discourses from 'Buddhist' sources need to be
treated with caution. SD, xxi:
"Thus the reader is asked to bear in mind the very important difference
between *orthodox* Buddhism - i.e., the public teachings of Guatama the
Buddha, and his esoteric *Budhism*."
"Unable to teach *all* that had been imparted to him - owing to his
pledges - though he taught a philosophy built upon the ground-work of the
true esoteric knowledge, the Buddha gave to the world only its *outward*
material body and kept its *soul* for his Elect."
If popular interpretations - from "Northern", Mahayana, sources for
example - do not neatly fit into the explainations as given by HPB there is
little we can do about it.
We will stick with theo-sophia as expounded by those who *know* the
difference between Buddhism (two "d"'s) and Budh-ism/Bodha.
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