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December 19, 2011


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Barry -

I haven't seen HIGHER GROUND yet, but I'm curious as to the ways in which it might reflect the functioning of a Buddhist sangha. I would have thought the differences would have been as apparent, or more so, than the similarities.

Barry Briggs

In my experience, Buddhist sanghas are just as prone to mythologizing, group-think, and collusion as any other Buddhist community. As usual, my post goes at this in a pretty oblique way - it's a topic that deserves a much more detailed discussion. If you're interested in this, you might read Stuart Lachs' 1999 paper on the topic on The Zen Site.

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