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September 25, 2011

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Based on Java Junkie's post, I bought a used copy of "Buddhist Wisdom: The Mystery of the Self" by George Grimm.

Interestingly,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advaita_Vedanta indicates that Advaita Vedanta was influenced by Buddhism. As a metallurgist I see Buddhism as the Iron Age crystallization/simplification of Bronze Age Indian mystical religious concepts. Don't understand why Java thinks it is dead. Does "dead" mean replaced by a better system?

"last stronghold of true religion"

What hath thy been imbibing? All religions are by definition, secularized metaphysics for the common rabble. You know very well Buddhism (technically reformed Sramanism, or Advaitic Vedanta) died nearly 1700 years ago formally.

As pathetic and corrupt as all Creationism is both in premise originally, or formally in ritual and practice presently, it contains a hundredfold more metaphysics than ANY ‘form’ of current “Buddhism”, of which you know this fact is very true.

Save a very small pact of George Grimm adherents and some proto-Mahayanists in some armpit of China or Tibet, Buddhism is utterly, totally, and completely dead in the absolute, to wit you know this well. Your entire articlette here is both twaddle and laughable rubbish.

To make a long story short, the history of present-day Christendom originated in the 2nd Century wherein the esoteric, mystic-gnostic oriented strains (highlighted through Valentinianism ) of authentic followers of the Christos (the inner mystical seed of self-realization) lost out to the hard-core exoteric (serve your brother through the exclusive dogmatic social dictates of the external hierarchical Ecclesia) boys led by Irenaeus and other Church Fathers. Of course, with the advent of Constantine, this whole exoteric—church-in-your-face—business became a state-led Institutional-enterprise whose ramifications remain with us to this very day. Interesting how you raise a warning flag here in light of Western Buddhism, wherein, sadly, the emphasis once again leans toward “outer-directed” exotericism—help me improve my psychological profile and I’ll abide by your clerical, impositional (ol’ Shakyamuni must be puking) garbage—that passes as “mainline Buddhism”. Will the real ariyasâvaka please stand-up!

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