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Dharma Combat

Where Spiritual Giants Duke It Out

"A very popular error -
having the courage of one's convictions:
Rather it is a matter of having the courage
for an attack upon one's conviction."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Gurus and Spiritual Titans
keeping each other in line

This portion of LiveReal is something along the lines of a "Gladitorial Arena of the Soul," where spiritual teachers, thinkers, gurus and giants are allowed and encouraged to comment on, critique, and criticize one another.

Constructive criticism is encouraged. Non-constructive criticism - also known as "destructive criticism" - is allowed, and when especially searing or insightful, is also encouraged.

Because we figure, a peer review, a checks-and-balance system, even a little peer pressure, can sometimes be a good thing...

Some bold individuals have had the courage to share their opinions of other teachers and systems, and compare and contrast other systems and teachers.

While running the risk of invoking the wrath of some pacifists, gurus, devotees, all kinds of super-spiritual folks (followers and teachers alike), this effort to speak up results in a great deal of much-needed clarity to us mere mortals.

We appreciate it. Keep it up.

"On your mark . . ."

Editor's Note: For a more in-depth description of what this area is about, see
What Is Dharma Combat?

"Get set . . ."

The Rules of Dharma Combat:

  1. The first rule of Dharma Combat is, you do not talk about Dharma Combat.
  2. The second rule of Dharma Combat is, hitting below the belt is allowed when appropriate.
  3. The third rule of Dharma Combat is, it is possible to criticize a person, teaching, or offspring of one's teaching while simultaneously respecting a person, teaching or offspring of one's teaching.
  4. The fourth rule of Dharma Combat is, the unenlightened, unawakened, and non-seeing are completely allowed to express their own judgements and opinions about enlightened, awakened, seeing, etc when appropriate. If their observations and comments appear to have some genuine merit, they can be included in Dharma Combat.
  5. The fifth rule of Dharma Combat is, there are no more rules for Dharma Combat.

Taking Shots:

A. H. Almaas
Arjuna Ardagh
Ramesh Balsekhar
Charlotte Joko Beck
Saniel Bonder
Paul Brunton
Pema Chodron
Andrew Cohen
Adi Da
Ram Dass
David Deida
Arnaud Desjardins
Karl Durckheim
Enneagram Studies
Georg Feuerstein
S. N. Goenka Institutes
Joseph Goldstein
Stanislov and Christina Grof
George. I. Gurdjieff/Post Gurdjieffians
Douglass Harding
Thich Nhat Hanh
Steven Harrison
Lex Hixon
Vernon Howard
Cheri Huber
Phillip Kapleau
Jean Klein
Wolfgang Kopp
Jack Kornfield
Jiddu Krishnamurti
H. H. the Dalai Lama
C. S. Lewis
John Wren-Lewis
John Daido Loori
Barry Long
Albert Low
Lee Lozowick
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Ramana Maharshi
Roy Masters
Thomas Merton
Scott Morrison
Swami Muktananda
Satyam Nadeen
Claudio Naranjo
Toni Packer
H. W. L. Poonjaji
Bernadette Roberts
Richard Rose
Torkom Saraydarian
Suzanne Segal
Idries Shah
Huston Smith
Amber Terrell
Eckhart Tolle
Chogyam Trungpa
Alan Watts
Ken Wilber
John Kabot-Zinn

Blanket Critiques



"Attention to health is life's greatest hinderance." - Plato
"Plato was a bore." - Friedrich Nietszche
"Nietszche was stupid and abnormal." - Leo Tolstoy
"I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy." - Ernest Hemingway
"Hemingway was a jerk." - Harold Robbins
(Who the heck is Harold Robbins?)

And further Recommended Reading:
The Book Of Enlightened Masters: Western Teachers In Eastern Traditions by Andrew Rawlinson;
Holy Madness: The Shock Tactics and Radical Teachings Of Crazy-Wise Adepts, Holy Fools, and Rascal Gurus by Georg Feuerstein.


To contribute to Dharma Combat, contact us at info - at - livereal.com. Juicy gossip, salacious rumors, and penetrating insights are welcome.



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Spiritual Giants: Expanded Version

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