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Buddhist cults?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
Gibraltariana
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Re: Buddhist cults?

Postby Gibraltariana » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:00 pm

This is so sad! I hope you are able to reach your partner and get them out of a situation that seems unhealthy. The rates for that retreat seem totally out of line.

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Ytrog
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Re: Buddhist cults?

Postby Ytrog » Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:36 pm

The rates are the least of the problems it seems. I would advise to get out of there. A teacher which is genuine will have a teaching that leads to the truth and is truthful himself. He will also teach compassion with compassion and encourages you to think for yourself and teach yourself. I see none of these qualities in what you describe. For the rest I agree with reflection.

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Re: Buddhist cults?

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:00 am

I stumbles accross the video which was posted on the forum some time ago


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.


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