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Recently, both during the Mani Drupchen and over the past few months, I have been learning about many great masters. I am slowly evolving and developing and changing my mind, thankfully. Especially in the arena of dogmatic attitudes. When I met my lineage – the Drikungpas – I felt like I had come home. There is a feeling of embrace in being with fellow Drikung Kagyu practitioners. However, at first I think I projected my early conditioning in Christianity onto my new found tradition. What I mean is that I was very(!) skeptical and even disdainful about other lineages of Buddhism – if it was not Kagyu, it was not cool in my book.
However, soon thereafter I met Geshe Jampel Thardo, a Gelugpa, and since then my attitudes have slowly been changing. And what I am now aware of is that there are so so so many masters, and each lineage has their legitimate Dharma Lords. I have been reading about Patrul Rinpoche, the Khyentse lamas, known and unknown teachers plus tertons who had miracles occur every time they taught (how cool would it be to have termas – secret treasure texts – fall from the sky still hot while a lama is teaching?).
Therefore, if you notice yourself gravitating toward one particular lineage, that is great. But don’t hold out against the others – because wow! Of course, now I am wondering about other religions – maybe I need to expand my sphere of non-judgment – what a concept!
Okay, on that note – Happy New Year!
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Late happy new year!
I always study comparative religion by keeping a major book of each religion with me. Regarding Tibetan Buddhism, I am more and more happily surprised also to find out how many other great teachers there are around and in the past! I am still a reador and still do comparative studies today, so a I read the same text in different translations it is extremely helpful for my best understanding!