December 01, 2010

Rebel Buddha—If you want a genuine Western lineage, don't exchange your Visa for a Mastercard

Through the end of this week, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here.

From Rebel Buddha:

"A genuine lineage of American or Western Buddhism within any particular contemporary culture can develop only when we have a direct connection to the teachings—one that's personal and experiential and brings us back to our own life, our own mind. This will only be possible by breaking through this shell of blockages that we've built up layer by layer out of these cultural traditions. We're not talking about simply changing one form for another form. That's not change. That would be more like a corporate takeover, like Visa taking over Mastercard, which would only mean that our bills would arrive with a different logo. We're also not talking about simply ignoring all aspects of Asian spiritual culture and hoping that there will be something left that can become Western Buddhism. It's not just by ignoring another culture's forms that you evolve your own tradition." 

Have something to say? Visit the Tricycle Community Book Club to discuss Rebel Buddha!

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