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:
A. H. Almaas
Charlotte Joko Beck
S. N. Goenka Institutes
Stanislov and Christina Grof
George. I. Gurdjieff/Post Gurdjieffians
Thich Nhat Hanh
H. H. the Dalai Lama
C. S. Lewis
John Daido Loori
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
H. W. L. Poonjaji
"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.