It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!
The muscular Buddhists exist.
My first introduction to a practical dharma was through a martial art cult. We worked on the three aspects of mind, body and spirit, with body stances being described as 'koans'. Que?
Shaolin Temple are the extreme examples of monks who kick sand rather than sit on the beach . . . Other examples are the bad ass 'Tendai Marathon monks' . . .
Yes, I'm aware of them. I was thinking of something more along the lines of a huge mass movement though. With a yearly membership fee, payable in cash, check, or credit card to me.
Hi Sangha, are you tired of being a 98 pound weakling Buddhist "doormat", always getting sand kicked in your face by the theological tough guys on the beach? If so, I propose the creation of a new movement, Muscular Buddhism, to be modeled after the (apparently British) phenomenon of Muscular Christianity:
It will feature football players (both US and UK) meditating midfield before games.
What do you think?
One of the most ludicrous statements in this article is the one made by the communist (presumably atheist/materialist) official: "Decision-making power over the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, and over the end or survival of this lineage, resides in the central government of China." Huh??
I didn't know bodhisattvas could choose not to be reborn. So does this mean he goes directly to Nirvana? "Go to Nirvana. Go directly to Nirvana. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200 ( £135.82)"
Also I wonder if an attitude of "I must say X number of mantras per day, speak Y number of prayers, etc in order to reach the goal in Z amount of time" is actually more appropriate to a program of physical exercise ("Lose 10 pounds in 10 days!") than spiritual practice.