November 24, 2010

Rebel Buddha—Scarecrow Dharma

During the month of November, 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:

"What we're talking about here—revolutionizing the dharma—isn't something new at all. This has been going on in Buddhist culture for twenty-six hundred years. When a living tradition becomes static, without any sense of freshness, and we lose our basic heart connection with the spiritual journey, it's actually very sad. The dharma is no longer the real, genuine dharma at all. Buddha called this condition a "symbol of dharma." It's only a form, like a scarecrow. A scarecrow looks like a human. It has everything—head, arms, hands, legs, and feet. It wears a hat, a coat, trousers boots, and sometimes sunglasses. It seems like everything's there. It looks like a real person, but it's just a scarecrow, just a symbol."

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