I was speaking to a Tibetan Buddhist colleague of mine (via Nepal) and we got to talking about his practice, the religion, the practitioners, etc, and how some foreigners get into it due to some misguided search of power….
He was saying that there really is no magickal point to it and one shouldn’t get into the religion in hopes of being able to levitate and such, that the point is spiritual development – nothing else.
What he said, it all made sense to me but mind you, in the back of my head, I was thinking perhaps he was just a follower and not someone who was really initiated into the religion. I mean granted, I would assume anyone who goes into something hoping to gain some sort of superpower is a bit….eccentric to say the least.
Then we got to talking about reincarnation and his views follows the general view on reincarnation. That’s when I hit a “huh” factor – I understand what he was saying but to me, there is no difference between reincarnation and magickal techniques in Buddhism – they all fall under that magick umbrella.
I couldn’t understand how someone could have such a high degree and deep understanding of reincarnation, yet not view magick as something realistic and plausible…..