I've got more to say on this subject, including the conflicting things about Roshi Joko Beck, who, despite her being related to some people I could call as teachers of mine, I feel quite conflicted about her relation. Look much of what she said was spot on. No complaints there. But at least in the incarnation in which I know her school in Portland, it seems that at least her heirs want to fiddle with things associated with the tradition.
I think this is one of the more regrettable things from the Maezumi lineage. ("Big Mind" anyone?)
So, in fact one of the angles which neither Brad nor NellaLou get in their posts on the subject of the confab and the homogenization of "Western Buddhism" is this tendency to throw all kinds of junk into it that wasn't there before 'cause they think they can "improve" the Dharma.
Folks have been honing this stuff for centuries. Even when folks said the Dharma was dead in China it was ticking away like the Energizer Bunny. And folks want to improve on it?
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