According to Heinrich Zimmer, Joseph Campbell’s mentor, Buddhism is a sub sect of Shaivism. And I agree with him. The first Buddha came from India and realizing that people were not going to be able to receive the full teaching of No Self he prepared them for later. It wasn’t until Nagarjuna buddha came who was also from India that the full teaching of no self was delivered hundreds of years later.
Their are so many fruity spiritualists that think that being merciful and charitable and pleasant is the concept behind no self. It actually has to do with not identifying with the ego and the emotional intelligence. This is the exact opposite of what he taught and the reason he didn’t want to allow women to be monks.
The Buddha’s Prediction
Ananda sat at the Buddha’s side and argued on behalf of the ordination of women. The Buddha continued…
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