Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: RS: Another stone
From: (R o d Johnson)
Date: 1991-04-22, 19:05

> >   This has the distinct ring of truth to me.  I feel, however, that there
> >is more to it than just this.  Within the Buddhist framework doesn't the
> >interpretation lead to the result?  
. . .
> >Once again, this reinforces the Buddhist concepts of harmony and dissonance.

[and various other people have been talking about Buddhist this and
Buddhist that]

Can I respectfully suggest that this stuff is really rather remote
from Buddhism?  There seems to be a popular image of it in this
country (the US) that's based on the lineage of weird popularizations
of Buddhism from the Pali text Society down through Alan Watts and
into the (sorta) syncretic neo-Buddhism of the new age movement, but
it's pretty different from Buddhism as practiced in Asia.  In
particular, I don't know of any special Buddhist interest in "harmony
and dissonance", and many practicing Buddhists I know are quite
familiar with ideas of good and evil.  The way we're talking about it
here amounts to a kind of caricature.  No offense to anyone here, but
I wish we could just leave the "Buddhist perspective" stuff alone.

-- Rod Johnson * * (313) 650 2315 "Peter--push the plug" --Josie Packard