- Sep 29, 2013
So all in all, it was an experience. There are a number of reasons that I didn't go back. This particular branch of buddhism I'm not sure about, parts of it felt a bit cultish. The idol worship didn't seem very buddhist to me. I think perhaps this type of buddhism is somewhat different from the norm? Unfortunately for me it's a long way to travel to the nearest non-kadampa buddhist centre so I have not had a chance to verify this for myself
There are many different streams, and many of them have old and gnarly bits like deity worship. It's kind of sweet but funky. Ultimately I think a form of western Buddhism will arise which is cleaner and less bases on old traditions of the Far East.