What a breathe of fresh air. It's way past the time to dissolve the arbitrary wall between those trained to read the texts from within the institution of Buddhism and those trained to read them within secular research institutions - and in addition, it's time to examine the texts in light of what we now know about the patterns and architecture of myth and oral tradition that are consistent among nearly all premodern cultures.
We live in the most amazing time...technology is erasing borders between disciplines. For example, mythology is being used to confirm findings in geology and climate, and the geological record is being used to confirm aspects of mythology. Sacred cows are crumbling in all fields of research and belief...and out of the rubble is emerging clarity. Why not hold Buddhism up to the light of research and scholarship also...there will be things that need to be let go of, but isn't that consistent with the Dharma? There may be bitter pills to take, but every other religion and discipline is having to swallow hard so let's go!
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on Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:41 am, edited 8 times in total.
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss
- Dawa Gyaltsen
Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.