[Buddha-l] Bourgeois Buddhism

Jackhat1 at aol.com Jackhat1 at aol.com
Mon Nov 7 11:59:56 MST 2011

In a message dated 11/7/2011 12:45:09 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
rhayes at unm.edu writes:

I've been working my fingers to the bone over here and have not had  time
to look at buddha-l for weeks. Having read all of September's  entries,
it appears I haven't missed much. I do have one question, though,  for
Jack, who wrote this:

> It has been my experience, limited  though it might be, that the Western
> Buddhists I know follow the  8-Fold Path while ethnic Buddhists I know do
> not. 

Just out of  curiosity, which angas of the eightfold path do you see
people not  following? Are you claiming they don't follow these limbs at
all, or that  they are just not very good at them, or that they are
totally ignorant of  what the limbs of the eightfold path are, or
something else? I am curious  what exactly the observation you're making is.
At two local Thera temples, at least 2/3's of the ethnic monks do  not 
meditate or are involved in any sort of mental development outside of  formal 
meditation, for example. I could go on with examples from other local  ethnic 

Noun 1. Angas - a Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria and  closely 
related to Hausa  
_West Chadic_ (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/West+Chadic)  - a group of 
Chadic languages  spoken in northern Nigeria; Hausa in the most important  

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