Quote from CSEe on June 13, 2012, 18:19
...the " title" or regconition ' his Holiness" or " Master" or " Venerable' in my current view should NEVER be associated with Buddhism.... Buddhism NEVER is , never was and SHOULD NEVER be a religion...
Attachment to titles and terms... aversion to titles and terms. Buddhism isn't about drawing hard lines and saying "One should NEVER..." it's about recognizing that the aversions and attractions and the lines we draw based on these are the root of our problems.
It is a PROCESS to free from attachment on knowledge , attachment on ownself and liberation to all suffering .
Yes, but that includes attachment to thinking that one's own way of seeing things is the way others have to see it too.
For myself, I have no problem calling Buddhism a religion, but my definition of "religion" is much broader than most people's. I see religions as serving society's needs for community and celebration and shared values. Religions aren't inherently evil; we need to pay attention to how we build them and use them.
I have no problem giving titles of respect to those I respect, or hearing other people offer the same to either those I do or don't respect. It's just language; just tools for communicating how we're thinking about the world. As such it's a good thing -- I get more information about the speaker's relationship with another person, depending on how they address them.
Sorry in advance is my writing seems rude . I am sincere to understand Buddhism and always eager to learn from others . I never have any common sense that anyone could " teach" Buddhism to others because " realization" of a person about his ownself is impossible to measured or compare to others realization on their ownself ......
Please show me otherwise as I am in a process to understand myself .
I don't hear you as being rude -- I hear passion about your ideas, and English as not your first language.
Of course someone can teach Buddhism to someone else; what they can't do is *realize* the teachings for someone else. I would never have gotten this far in my practice without several good teachers explaining what I was missing (about the way we humans behave) to me -- I'm unlikely to have ever come to such clear sight myself -- but the intellectual understanding given to me in this way is incomplete without putting it into practice, and that one has to do for oneself.