OBSERVATIONS before coming to Buddhism Discussion
2 short observations before His-Buddhism discussion
Observation I. His Own Data, His Own Supplied Data
– before anyone accuses anyone of possible fabrications, this is his own supplied data; and not-supplied data (no mentioning of Robin Hood movie in his websites now). This blog links the data together to illustrate how problematic things are.
1. portrayed age as a junior, teen and becoming academic years
“then went to India where he underwent the most arduous training imaginable to be worthy of his uber lineage – from shaving his head, renouncing everything and meditating in the same caves used by the Buddha”
2. wanted-to-make-it years
.https://rh2008.wordpress.com/ Heavy metal gear, hot steamy sex, SMian themes
3. want-to-make-it years
Quote: “want to bring back devotion to Buddhism”
No matter how many celebrities you associate yourself with and use them non-verbally as answers to the proposed questions, this is your data sir, this is your own supplied chronological data sir, with verbatim quote and image archive.
Before you associate with others, all the celebrities and authorities, before asking others to associate with you and throwing out these co-snap images, first associate and harmonize with your own self – challenge yourself to face these chronological data.
Before you threw out compliments and testimonials of “eloquence”, use your eloquence to elucidate your own chronological data.
Observation II. The “Martin Luther” of Buddhism…..not so fast
Not so fast. Before you accept, and publish compliments of “Martin Luther of Buddhism” as the ultimate medal of glory, as your religious “purple heart”, to shine and to convince people of your authority and status, refer to Martin Luther’s another publication “On the Jews and Their Lies”. (I kept an archive/image of your listing the compliment already.)
http://vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres9/Luthereng.pdf <- anti-Semitic Revisionism website uses it
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/martin-luther-quot-the-jews-and-their-lies-quot <- a shorter summary from a Jewish common website
If you delete this “Martin Luther” compliment, better delete it. Yet I shall have direct proof of before-keep-and-delete-after image, proof that you are aware of my blog.
If you keep it, there are consequentially 2 psychical perceptions:
– now that you know more about the anti-Semitic Martin Luther, if you keep the compliment, keep it, but you are telling the world you are attached to the shiny car wax compliments despite Martin Luther’s other historical controversy and his inner-demon hatred towards the Jews
– that you don’t know, or pretend not to know so you can avoid the situation that I claim I have direct proof that you are aware of this blog, here is what is left for…..the Buddha advises that we were born with hindrance, ignorance…..that you are telling the world you are attached to the “Martin Luther” car wax compliment so much without having researched into the person [same mistake for once calling yourself “Panache” for the feminine lingerie brand], but this attachment drags you back to the birth state.
I don’t fault the complimentor Chaplain Johnson, he meant a good, sincere heart. But for the recipient, even though say, Martin Luther were a no-controversy holy holy man, Zenji could have chosen not to relay it – if Nio had wanted to demonstrate his modesty and humbleness. I already made images and archives about his compliment portrait page.
(Did ZenjiNio mean a good, sincere heart to reconvey the compliments as testimonial?)
btw Did Chaplain know about his previous business ventures?
Keep or delete, your call.
Last but not least, it brings out the point I always maintain. So many testimonials, they arouse people and layman’s interests: “if Zenji is so good, I want to visit him and listen to him talk”, but he NEVER lists to you his future speaking schedules. The testimonials are collected and listed after the events that happened.
PRE-DISCUSSION before Doctrinal Discussion: First Remark regarding “His-Buddhism”
In short, his Buddhism is his own brand of Buddhism. I would like to comment on his Buddhism and other perspectives.
I shall cite a simple measurement tool here, based on his own bio about himself. He claimed that he shaved his head, studied in the caves of Himalaya during the earlier years.
Supposed me, a Christian teacher Rev. Karl, claimed that I studied manuscripts in the Sinai Desert monasteries and caves, and in the remote monasteries in the Greek islands and Orthodox Russia. I shall illustrate:
[Authorship of origin: Zenji Nio] Amida also means Eternal Life and thus represents the Light we reportedly see in near-death experiences
[My emulation] Christ is the Way, the Truth, the Life and thus represents the Light we reported see in near death experiences
[Zenji Nio] Buddha was the first to say God is Love and like a Heavenly Father as opposed to a tyrant despot.
[Emulation] Christ says, ‘God is Love”, that God is a Heavenly Father as opposed to the “Old Testament” (Hebrew Bible) tyrant despot.
[Zenji Nio] Kannon is the Highest Divinity that also personifies Hope & the Law of Attraction.
[Emulation] The most Blessed Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Divine Mother, personifies Hope and the Law of Attraction. [then using Zenji Nio’s sentences totally, to make a point] “When we align our own inner power with the Highest Power, we are filled with positive energy that allows our inner potential to flourish and our dreams to come true by attracting the right people and opportunities via the Law of Attraction.”
If I told you readers, I, Rev. Karl had studied the deep mystic Christian manuscripts in the Sinai Desert, Greek and Russian monasteries, so do what I wrote [the emulations] look like the kind of theological works that I studied, assimilated, and synthesized? (means in terms of context/content and scholarly level)
You, readers, you could be a staunch atheist, friendly agnostic, Bhakti Hindu, Buddhist layman, the conventional Sunday-worship Christian….scholarly or not, there is a simple measurement tool for you.
The simple measurement tool would be, “Do what he talks, writes, look like the Brahminic/Kashmiri/Himalayan ancient legacy of Buddhism that he claimed for himself?
You don’t need to be a scholar nor a Buddhist to tell, the answer is obvious. In cases he edits in/out, adds-subtracts contents in the future, we just apply this tool.
Zenji may protest, “I am just trying to down-tone so they are more accessible and approachable to the common readers….”
My refutation towards the possible protest:
– first please make yourself more accessible and approachable by listing your future activity schedules
– you present yourself coming from the oldest Indian Buddhist legacy, and that is what people want to see. People want to see and learn about your
“Himalayan cave Buddhism”…
– referring to your “original works”, my emulations simply switch the names of the deities and I repackage and re-present as “Christian” teachings, in one occasion totally using your paragraph, i.e. meaning yours are not original and distinctively Buddhist, not even further talking about reaching the door of ancient Kashmiri-Himalayan Buddhist.
– that I just illustrated an example that I switch the names of the deities and I repackage them from yours and become Christian teachings….or, is it that you switched the names of the deities from Christian theology and repackage them? Yours look and feel so Christian, differentiated only by the names of the deities and your likes about “no blood-sacrifice” required over Christianity.
The 2nd Measurement Tool – from the Lord Buddha himself.
ZenjiNio-Buddhism is a kind of happy Buddhism, that is what makes it dangerous.
His-Buddhism is about making this life Epicurean: happy-happy happiness; and after that, God-Buddha will look after you to Heaven and entertain you in Heaven.
It’s nice, it’s positive, it’s attractive.
The Buddha’s Buddhism: Four Noble Truths
Quote from Lionsroar: this is really good basic introduction
Life always involves suffering, in obvious and subtle forms. Even when things seem good, we always feel an undercurrent of anxiety and uncertainty inside.
2. The Cause of Suffering
The cause of suffering is craving and fundamental ignorance. We suffer because of our mistaken belief that we are a separate, independent, solid “I.” The painful and futile struggle to maintain this delusion of ego is known as samsara, or cyclic existence.
3. The End of Suffering
The good news is that our obscurations are temporary. They are like passing clouds that obscure the sun of our enlightened nature, which is always present. Therefore, suffering can end because our obscurations can be purified and awakened mind is always available to us.
4. The Path
By living ethically, practicing meditation, and developing wisdom, we can take exactly the same journey to enlightenment and freedom from suffering that the buddhas do. We too can wake up.
The Noble Eight-fold Path, expanded from 4th Noble Truth the Path
1. Right Views – to keep ourselves free from prejudice, superstition and delusion and to see aright the true nature of life.
2. Right Thoughts – to turn away from the evils of this world and to direct our minds towards righteousness.
3. Right Speech – to refrain from pointless and harmful talk to speak kindly and courteously to all.
4. Right Conduct – to see that our deeds are peaceful, benevolent, compassionate and pure; to live the Teaching of the Buddha daily.
5. Right Livelihood – to earn our living in such a way as to entail no evil consequences.
6. Right Effort – to direct our efforts incessantly to the overcoming of ignorance and selfish desires.
7. Right Mindfulness – to cherish good and pure thoughts for all that we say and do arise from our thoughts.
8. Right Meditation – to concentrate our will on the Buddha, His Life and His Teaching.
The 4 Noble Truths are the basic basics of Buddhism. Zenji wants us to be happy. No mentioning of Suffering and Don’t worry about the topic of Suffering.
This is not to say the Buddha forbids happiness, I shall elaborate more. 2nd Measurement Tool and Main Doctrinal Discussion would be expanded as a separate post .
Thank you readers and followers.