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Offline Rayfield

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Re: Why are there so many different traditions?
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2010, 01:08:56 pm »
I like this...the implication that there are "different Paths", rather than "right and wrong Paths".

There are many different people and so people with different ailments will need different variations of Dharma. :pray:


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Re: Why are there so many different traditions?
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2010, 10:26:15 pm »
For myself, I have a simple and very strict definition of a good Buddhist practitioner. 

Someone who engages with with Buddha Dharma in a way that eases their own suffering and does so in a way that also eases the suffering of these around him or her.

Regardless of the particular school the practitioner may be following, if he or she does so in a way that benefits themselves and others (or at very least does no harm to others) than on what possible grounds can I object or judge their practice? Because it might not be quickest way to enlightenment? Am I enlightened already to know what the "best" school is? 

Anyway, this formula helped me to ease any sectarian tension that I might feel arise in me. Maybe you might find some benefit in it as well.
Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
Like a worm on a hook,
like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee.
~L. Cohen

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Re: Why are there so many different traditions?
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2010, 02:34:00 am »
Someone who engages with with Buddha Dharma in a way that eases their own suffering and does so in a way that also eases the suffering of these around him or her.

Sounds good to me.

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Re: Why are there so many different traditions?
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2010, 01:17:40 pm »
Nope there was one sangha  :pray:
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Re: Why are there so many different traditions?
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2010, 01:43:20 pm »
The Buddha is the Doctor, the Dharma is the Medicine, the Sangha is the Nurse.

We don't all share the same diseases or respond the same way to treatment.


One of my gurus gave me a definition of Sangha this evening, to get away from the notion of Sangha meaning anyone who ordains.  The Sangha comprises enlightened beings, whether they are lay or ordained, female or male.

According to our needs, choosing the Sangha which we think will be most effective in delivering our 'medicine' is the main choice we exercise, so it is hardly surprising that so many alternatives exist.

I'm content with my choices, but to what extent it is because of my karma, I can't say.  Almost every day I see a thread started by someone looking, for example,  for a Zen or Tibetan or Thai Forest group where they live - as if they already know what will suit them best.  And the answers usually advise them not to rush and to shop around.

Perhaps the search would be better directed if we ignored all the different Nurse's uniforms and simply set out to find the one who seemed best able to choose and administer the most effective Medicine for our personal ailments.




 


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