[Buddha-l] Bourgeois Buddhism
jkirk at spro.net
Wed Sep 21 10:51:08 MDT 2011
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
No idea if this is true beyond the people I know
I have visited a local Thai Buddhist temple center many times and given
talks there. Several of the monks always ask me about my attending some
upcoming ceremony and are quite surprised when I say I won't. They seem to
think my sole function as a layperson is dana and attending rites and
"They seem to think my sole function as a layperson is dana and attending
rites and rituals."
That is indeed the Asian bag with vernacular Buddhism.
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