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The Glory of Insignificance

Again, a post on this site that I can understand at a very intuitive level. It is refreshing to hear it put so well. If you get a chance, see if my short post here entitled "The Glory of Insignificance" and tell me if it is similar to what you are speaking of here or if you mean something different. This insight, of course, is certainly not the domain of only Buddhists -- as I am sure you agree.

The glory of insignificance

Yes, I've had the experience you describe in that piece. Yes, I think it can be an experience of losing the sense of being either special or ordinary. When that happens, natural compassion arises; and that is a manifestation of nobility.

Compassion, Not Suffering

That's it, David! When I think of the suffering corrupt Lamas provoke is not that a teacher needs to be special, but it doesn't need to be ordinary too, nor a mix of the two (would be possible?)...

Specialness of Teachers

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This discussion reminds me of the 2011 film Kumaré, where a "non-special" guy basically portrays himself as a "special" guru. Interesting results ensue.


Great, Matt! Didn't know this movie, but got very interested in it. Gonna try to buy it somewhere.t

After reading once again this David's piece, a deepder understanding seemed to unfold.

However, it still brings up some doubts. If a Buddha's future is uncertain, is he still prey of outer conditions?

Achieving Buddha-status doesn't seem to be something real, just ideal. Same with the spookies most of Lama's insist to be literal, but are of course symbollical (such as lamas doing knots on swords).

This topic and the one about "Lama as Surgeon or Spouse" are very important: Why to have masters if they are not vivid examples of enlightenment?!? As most of them are not, is it not time to create alternatives to the Lamaism as a vehicle of Dharma??

This and how to re-evaluate the role of the teacher.

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