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UNQUALIFIED commentary from an UNQUALIFIED author,
This review is from: The Bodhisattva Vow: A Practical Guide to Helping Others (Paperback)
The product description says:
"In this welcome guide to compassionate living, Geshe Kelsang explains in detail how to take and keep the Bodhisattva vows, and how to practice the Bodhisattva's deeds of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration, and wisdom."
Considering the plethora of books commenting on Bodhisattva vows, one would be better served by reading any one of those versus this nonsense. The author of this book (be it the hard copy book or the audio book version) is the same rigid character, who in his New Meditation Handbook, claims swatting a mosquito in anger will result in eons in the hell realm without any discussion of purification or karma. That is a very draconian statement from a very draconian "religious" leader.
The presently reviewed title is yet another rigid outing for the self-proclaimed Geshe. Comparing this to genuine and authentic Buddhist authors will instantly reveal the inadequacies of this title. It is no more than pop Buddhism for the new age Western Buddhist mind rather than a serious commentary, which it purports to be.
Again, with all the other commentaries available on Bodhisattva vows, pick a title written by a genuine and authentic Buddhist author instead of this narrow-minded book. Virtually any title would be better than this one, but an excellent book that immediately comes to mind and also available from Amazon is: NO TIME TO LOSE: A TIMELY GUIDE TO THE WAY OF THE BODHISATTVA by PEMA CHODRON.
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Initial post: 20 Jun 2011 16:55:41 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2011 17:27:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jul 2011 04:39:49 BDT
Mark always posts his usual thoughtless transcriptions of NKT promotional material to 'debate' me. Then he always deletes all of his comments. There will be no more debates, Mark. Good-bye.
Posted on 11 Aug 2011 20:06:10 BDT
The New Meditation Handbook describes the need for and methods of purification several times. On page 20 the text describes the preparatory practices for meditation as having the function of 'purifying hindrances caused by our previous negative actions'. Chapter 5 (which incidentally is entitled Actions and Their Effects, otherwise known as Karma) tells us that 'The purpose of this meditation is to encourage us to purify non-virtues...'. Furthermore, the chapter on the meditation of Taking says 'The purpose of this meditation is to purify our mind of self cherishing and negative actions...'.
Hence contrary to the reviewers comments, purification and karma are both mentioned several times in the New Meditation Handbook. I am left to conclude that the reviewer has never actually read The New Meditation Handbook. And in all likelihood this or any of the other books written by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso to which he has given negative reviews.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2011 20:09:56 BDT
Nonsense. There was no connection between swatting a mosquito and anger and the need to purify to avoid eons in hell by doing so. Where it was stated within the book, there was no follow-up discussion. That is where it should have been to avoid confusion on the part of the reader (and a red flag for me).
Additionally, I was a member of NKT in 2007 when I was a rabid follower like yourself and read every book I reviewed. Proof should lie in the fact I quoted the mosquito crap to begin with. How would I know that without reading the book? You can't make stupid stuff like that up. And it is stupid... I asked a real Geshe about this after I left the cult and he just laughed. Mr. Gyatso and his followers are waaay too rigid.
Nice how you all assume all manner of things about me. You NKT people have no credibility as a result... just parroting the usual talking points.
Posted on 8 Sep 2012 16:31:58 BDT
AlFonZo TorO says:
I always read the reviews on any product I buy on amazon, but yours make absolutely no sense.
How about actually giving a review on the book? instead of some inane ramblings with absolutely no structure or detailed intelligent analysis to the book in question.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2012 16:40:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Sep 2012 21:09:17 BDT
I did give a review: The book is written by someone who lacks the authority and expertise to pen this volume, therefore it's worthless. Reading this is like buying a medical self-help book written by a so-called 'doctor' who has a doctorate in some unrelated field, much like the way Gyatso never took the Geshe test but claims to be one anyway. I read the book when I was a member of his cult, but have come to learn since then Gyatso is not an actual Geshe and therefore, a fraud. As a result, the contents are meaningless and do not merit a 'structured and detailed' review.
'The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself.'
-- Karl Barth
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2012 17:14:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Sep 2012 21:09:54 BDT
'I always read the reviews on any product I buy on amazon, but yours make absolutely no sense.'
I see you only required I write a 'detailed intelligent analysis' of this book when a couple of the other (5-star) reviews for this volume have none. So why haven't you left combative and insulting comments for their reviews demanding more 'structure or detailed intelligent analysis to the book in question'? Just wondering.
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