In a nutshell, the original Buddhism is actually a form of Radha-Krishna-centric Vaishnavism. It pre-dates the appearance of Sakyamuni by thousands of years, and was once the dominant Bhakti Tradition of major portions of the human family. The historical and theological core of this Bhakti Buddhism has been called ‘Pure Land Buddhism’ by modern scholars. This is taken from the title of one of the Traditions most important Scriptures, the SUKHAVATI VYUHA.
HARE KRISHNA !
SRI SRI GURU and Gauranga ki jaya !
Dearest Sandi and Jeffrey, Rachel and Vrin,
Please accept my affectionate obeisances.
This is still too complicated for the average reader, but i need to get this down somewhere in case i have to relocate (leave my body). I am actually trying to keep it simple. I have had a second inquiry about Pure Land Buddhism recently, so reflecting on our conversation, Jeffrey, i decided to write something for you especially, as we discussed, a kind of introduction to Buddhism. I may also send some of it to the other devotee who inquired.
Attached is my first installation. Krishna willing, the structure will focus next on finishing the description of Nepalese-Tibetan Buddhism (cult of Tara, Tibetan Book of the Dead, lila forms of Lokesvara / Vishnu, Mahadeva as AN EXPANSION OF LOKESVARA, Maha kala as Nara Hari Rupa and YHVH worship at the PATALA, BUDH AS PTAH etc.) Then i will focus on the origins of ‘Buddhism’ from Sakyamuni’s time, in Nepal and India. I will show connections to the GOOD SHEPARD, SHALIGRAM / SHAL GROVE, TULASI and RADHA Traditions in Buddhist lore. I will discuss how two schools of Buddhist iconography emerged (Gandharan and Mathuran )…both showing Greek Rhodian connections, and how the earliest Buddhist centers were all Vaishnava centers. I will touch on the ‘Buddhism’ of Asoka, whose guru’s ashram of 10,000 was IN MATHURA, and how it is widely accepted by western scholars that Asoka’s Missionaries were present in Judea, Greece and Egypt. The Theravadins have appropriated Asoka, but there is NO evidence that his ‘Buddhism’ was Hinayana ! ALL the evidence is that originally Buddhism, both before AND AFTER SAKYAMUNI was at first indistinguishable from Krishna-centric Vaishnavism, except for the late and insignificant heretical Theravadins, who were suppressed by Asoka etc., and thus diffused to S. E. Asia through Sri Lanka. Then i will describe how Vaishnava related M Buddhism spread to China Korea and Japan, and how voidism corrupted it as an ‘esoteric’ tradition associated with voidism and impersonalism in India (the pilgrim problem). Both Tantrism and Dhyana / Zen acted as vehicles for impersonalism all the way into Japan. I will touch-on Hanuman as the protector of Pure Land Buddhism throughout its northern range ( He is extremely popular in Chinese Buddhism) and i will explain that the worship of Krishna and Radha devolved into the separated Chinese worship of MA Kuan Yin, and how the merged attributes of MANI PADME remain in Japanese Buddhism today. After describing ancient Japanese Pure Land, with its Catholic Mary / Benten, Alvar KANAN and Tana Bata Festival Rasa Lila etc. connections, i will touch on the popular HARI NAM movements of HRIH in Japan…to the present’s SOKKA phenomenon. I will relate my experiances with P.L. Buddhism in Japan, and my initiation into NEMBUTSU in the inner sanctum of the High Alter of ASAKUSA KANNON in Tokyo. Then i will finish with a description of the pre-Sakyamuni Buddhism beneath Sakyamuni Buddhism, in the ancient East (Bon in Tibet, Taoist Yab Yum / Purusha / Prakrti, Shinto Pantheon etc. ), and how this is related to Vaishnavism in both India and the Heliopolitan Federations of the Mediterranean. Once i have outlined these connections, any army of scholars will be able to reconstruct my studies and flesh-out the entire framework of connections i have introduced in this short introduction to BUDDHISM in the context of World Emanational and Incarnational Monotheism. Please forgive my run-on sentences, i can hardly sit up at this point and im failing fast / must quit for the day…so
HARI BOL ! LOVE LOVE AND MORE LATER,
your aspiring servant, Bhakti Ananda