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New Things that come to you are not always what you expect.
I had just finished adding a short section on Astrolgy to my Paganism page (over 500 page views again this month), and decided I wanted to add a short section on the "subtle bodies".

Unfortunately, my knowledge is too narrow and too shallow, covering only fragments of some up-to-date Western ideas and a little from India. This is not sufficient for concepts that are of major importance to every religion and most philosophies over the entire world. So, I needed a book.

So I did a quick scan on Amazon for something. I found one titled "The Subtle Energy Body - the complete guide" by one Maureen Lockhart Ph.D. It claimed to cover concepts worldwide.

"So, an academic - perhaps it will be a bit shallow, but a quick worldwide survey is what I need."

The book arrived today.

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

It's an oversize book, 8-1/2 x 11, over 350 pages. Over 350 pages of unrelieved text, with narrow margins and small type - and, she says right up front, "no scanning - read it through from front to back or you'll miss too much stuff".

An academic? yes, and a Scott too - but written from an entire lifetime of full immersion in the subject matter - including many years as a yoga teacher in India.

And the quality of the writing is very good indeed. This is going to really take some time.

As I said, "Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"
New Cool, so you'll summarize it on a short webpage for us when you're done?
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Drew
New Not quite so short Web page now available.
All the reviews of Ms. Maureen's book I've seen complement the book greatly on the first half, describing the Subtle Body theories of all the religions and philosophies, and don't mention the second half. I consider the second half, Physics and Philosophy in the 20th and 21st centuries, to be by far the more important. Given, it's certainly not easy reading, and probably quite unfamiliar to most people into Tantric Yoga and stuff like that.

For folks here, I particularly point out my 21st Century section.

Subtle Bodies

Given her critique of recent philosophers and the like, I have come up with a motto for Ms. Moureen,
"I ask no quarter, and I give no quarter".
New succint and hit the high spots, thank you
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
New How much - if any - does secular politics enter into this?
Vajrayana ("Tibetan Buddhism"), thought by some to be a variety of Mahayana.

Given that Mahayana is "Chinese Buddhism", is this Chinese hegemony insisting that everything Tibetan is really part of China?


typos:
"As above, so below, but in different form" - needs ending comma

to Kether (the Crown) - needs period

She maintained here writings - s/here/her

the laws of physics. too messy. - capital T or change the period to colon

with one caviat. Her writing is clear - caveat, and I'd make the period a colon
--

Drew
New Thanks for the typos - and . . .
. . I don't think politics is involved in the Tibetan vs Chinese Buddhism thing, the people giving these opinions are not Chinese or Tibetans. This argument has been going on among students of religion forever. The majority opinion is they are different enough to be separate forms, even though Chinese Buddhism probably was introduced from Tibet.

Of course, since the opinions we are likely to see are from non-Chinese, if there was political bias, it would be toward separate forms.

If the opinions were official Chinese, it would be to discourage any religion.
New "... to discourage any religion ..."
After first claiming that no, Chinese Buddhism did not come from Tibet, they copied it from us, and stop it anyway.
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Drew
     Things that come to you are not always what you expect. - (Andrew Grygus) - (6)
         Cool, so you'll summarize it on a short webpage for us when you're done? -NT - (drook) - (5)
             Not quite so short Web page now available. - (Andrew Grygus) - (4)
                 succint and hit the high spots, thank you -NT - (boxley)
                 How much - if any - does secular politics enter into this? - (drook) - (2)
                     Thanks for the typos - and . . . - (Andrew Grygus) - (1)
                         "... to discourage any religion ..." - (drook)

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