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September 24, 2015

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Nina B: This was my experience back in the 1980s. I don't think much has changed. It is just that we have Buddhist chat rooms now where people can talk about their problems (mostly everyone suffers from depression).

I joined a sangha for a few months. The Tibetan monk who led the sangha tried to talk about nirvana, pure Mind and transcendence but everyone else wanted him to address their personal problems. After a while, he gave up and did nothing else but talk about how to deal with personal problems. I left the sangha. I started looking online and came across your blog. I bought the books you recommended. This has been far more helpful than months of listening to the monk and my sangha mates tussle with mundane issues. My point is don't worry about what will happen to Buddhism. Those who are truly interested in attaining nirvana will know when they're dealing with charlatans.

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