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Hungry Ghost

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Re: Misconceptions on Buddhism
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2009, 07:42:45 pm »
Or...When people dismiss the importance of practice with Sangha and Teacher, go it alone based on reading, think they are enlightened, and start pushing their mushy home-spun   Buddhish-vedantic-I-have-special-insight trip on everyone like a missionary.  
...But certainly doctrinaire bullies.

Oddly... I can't help but feel that that is referring directly to me.    :'(
Oh no.   Havent encountered that kind of thing around here yet. Once the traffic picks up though.... ;D

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Re: Misconceptions on Buddhism
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2009, 08:48:24 pm »
Technicality time!  #8 on thornbush's list:

According to the sutras, arhatship is, indeed, reserved for the monastic.  The laity can reach enlightenment, but there is a technical, simultaneous ordination at the time.  It goes along with the stream-enterer, once returner, etc. and the ten fetters.  

But the original list does specify some misconceptions that genuine practitioners have, specifically about meditation and vegetarianism.  Let's face it, the growing season in Tibet is rather short.

Let's face it, a lot of people are ignorant about their own religions, so why would they have a clue about yours?  In addition, there's little to no education about religion in public schools or elsewhere, so where do people learn?  I know nothing about Judaism, Islam, or Orthodox Christianity, so I guess we're square on that. 

However, I do feel that misconception leads to all kinds of corruption, from the Buddhist "cults" to those of Jim Jones and Warren Jeffs and the like.  That's the real downside, in my opinion.  That's where it gets scary.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2009, 09:00:34 pm by pickledpitbull »
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thornbush

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Re: Misconceptions on Buddhism
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2009, 08:54:55 pm »
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Technicality time!  #8 on thornbush's list:

According to the sutras, arhatship is, indeed, reserved for the monastic.  The laity can reach enlightenment, but there is a technical, simultaneous ordination at the time.  It goes along with the stream-enterer, once returner, etc. and the ten fetters. 

But the original list does specify some misconceptions that genuine practitioners have, specifically about meditation and vegetarianism.  Let's face it, the growing season in Tibet is rather short.

Let's face it, a lot of people are ignorant of their own religion.  Why would they have a clue about yours?

;D I knew that one was coming...ahem...Vimalakirti? Even the Elder Sariputra, a great Arhat got an earful from him...the chair thingy.... ;D
True, if they didn't have a clue it's ok, just don't assume....ask, seek and knock then...as my ex boss said it: ASSUME....Ass out of U & ME  :D

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Re: Misconceptions on Buddhism
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2009, 09:03:34 pm »
yeah, unfortunately I was editing when you replied.  I had more thoughts, but it was just rambling.

I have the sutra of Vimalakirti.  It was one of the first that I read.  I also read the Lotus where a seven year old reaches enlightenment.
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Re: Misconceptions on Buddhism
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2009, 10:48:18 pm »
Greetings,

There's a pretty big list of misconceptions about Buddhism at DhammaWiki.

Misconceptions about Buddhism
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Misconceptions_about_Buddhism

Metta,
Retro. :)

 


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