RE: Response to Rich
Jan 14, 1999 03:30 PM
by Bazzer (Paul)
> >"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*."
> Do you know this difference? Actually the Theravadin teachings are
> the orthodox Buddhism, and the Mahayana (at least according to
> the Mahayanists) have the esoteric teachings.
Would you not agree that that which is public knowledge is, by default,
> There are, according to the Tibetan schools,
What "Tibetan schools" are these?
> three such levels of Buddha's teachings. The
> lowest addresses the Sutras, which is where HPB got virtually all
> of her Buddhism (Olcott never got much higher than this anywhere that
> I can tell).
Are you suggesting HPB only knew or had access to the "lowest" (?) Buddhist
We know virtually nothing about the real/inner Olcott, BTW. Because a man
does not speak Chinese we should not *assume* he knows nothing of China.
> Most of her teaching was directed toward the masses
We are the "masses". Theosophy was/is directed toward Humanity as a whole :
the practical realization of Universal Brotherhood.
> and only her Voice contains any real esotericism.
It "contains" as much "esotericism" as we can, or can not, discern; as does
"The Secret Doctrine". It is, maybe, pertinent to recall that 'The Voice of
the Silence' is "Dedicated to the few". It gives (or witholds) as the case
> Probably the
> single most
> important teaching in all Buddhism is emptiness, and this HPB never
> discusses. .
Study "The Secret Doctrine" where you will discover countless pointers to
*so-called* "emptiness" as it is meant to be understood.
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