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What is your take on him?
it is meretricious the idea that meditating in the proximity of an enlightened being (leaving aside the questions around that!!) can help your meditation. IF that were so then it would stand to reason that all the monks and nuns which meditated with the Buddha were effected in the same manner... and all the rest... yet the Suttas clearly indicate that was not the case. some beings actually left the Sangha and went back to other schools of practice and the rest of it.
i think it smacks of cultism and creates an strange dependency relationship whereby one comes to believe that only by proximity to the guru is one's own meditation practice effective or even, dare i say, worthwhile.
the form of unity consciousness he advocates is nothing new and, indeed, like most demagogues the terms he uses are arbitrary and ill defined.
...and i have a fundamental issue with a being self-styling themselves as "maitreya"... eh...i suppose i'm biased in that way and i'm ok with that
Of course, not everyone is destined to become enlightened in their current life, it is not possible that everyone Maitreya Ishwara meets will become enlightened. There are many people that say there is a vast amount of energy around him however, and this seems consistent with other Buddha's.
perhaps that is explained more in depth in his book which you have, apparently, read and i, clearly, have not.He actually speaks about the removal of dependence on the guru/student relationship. He states that meditation can assist all the way along the path, but the assistance of an enlightened one is necessary at a certain point to assist with the last steps. He says that meditation helps transform the nervous system and readies it for enlightenment, but meditating with an enlightened one speeds this up.
the dependency upon the proximity to the guru is what is concerning in my view.I do not see how his current practices can be declared cultism at all, his current actions are very normal for enlightened masters that engage in assisting others. Of course, many enlightened ones tend to live recluse lives after awakening also...
i've not read his book so you have me at a disadvantage.I disagree that his terms are ill-defined, in his book they are quite well defined and clarified. He also doesn't say he self-styled himself as Maitreya, he says that after God-realization, he was given this name.
i am. in short, the Buddha made further modifications so that the length of time would remain at 5,000 years, give or take. further not a single condition which prefigures the Maitreya is manifest in our world system.If you are aware of Buddhsm, you will know that the prophecies say Maitreya is to come 2500 years after Buddha's death. He doesn't actually directly claim to be the Maitreya of Buddhism, he merely states that God has given him this name. I think he seems legit, and I am a fan of what he teaches although he often states we should not accept anything without experience to back it up.
I will, naturally, be of the view that he is not a Buddha.
the dependency upon the proximity to the guru is what is concerning in my view.
you will, of course, forgive me if i find such pronouncements simply a more grandiose way of saying he named himself such. i am, of course, aware of the Dharma traditions (even commons amongst some of the non-Dharma traditions) of being renamed within the Dharma context.
i am. in short, the Buddha made further modifications so that the length of time would remain at 5,000 years, give or take. further not a single condition which prefigures the Maitreya is manifest in our world system.
i'm always somewhat curious why a creator deity would bequeath a Buddhist name upon meeting people. this being is by no means the only one to claim to have been named in such a manner by a creator deity.
I would say Maitreya is completely genuine as one who has surrendered to Source.
I attended a satsang with him ten years ago and have watched his development since.
There are many facets of the one diamond.
Enlightenment is not the same for all.
As mentioned before always question the source of intelligence.
Above all is there love.......
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What do you think separates a Buddha from everyone else? Was Buddha really that different from anyone else before he began his spiritual pursuit?
It is somewhat strange that someone that has studied Buddhism would make exact barriers in this area. All Buddhists are instructed to not be a Buddhist, but rather a Buddha... your statement seems to disagree with this?
You find it impossible to believe that Dharmakaya could or would communicate with advanced beings?
I would be interested in seeing further details on this topic.
It isn't really a Buddhist name, it simply means "friend".
which bit? the rules added to the Vinya to extend the time of the True Dharma before the time of the Semblance Dharma and Dharma ending age or the bit about no conditions on our world system being proper for Maitreya to arise?
Might I suggest then a brief study of what a "confirmation bias" is.
Anything that comes to mind to share, or any links with much discussion on the topic.
This is not what this thread is about, however, I am absorbing those biases of others, but explaining any which do not appear valid to me. I am not looking for particular answers, just a general take.
hmm... the whole Maitreya discussion is found in only one Sutra and therein it lists some pretty specific things which presage the next Buddha's arising. one of the conditions, for instance, is that the Buddhadharma will have disappeared from the world system. given that the Buddhadharma is still present in this world system ipso facto the Buddha Maitreya has not arisen in our world system.
Yes it is quite clear you aren't looking for any answers. But that isn't why I suggested what I did. You already have all the answers, but I wonder if you really value the questions?