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Hellooo!
« on: July 17, 2015, 08:19:08 am »
Hello,

I was brought up as Christian, although for as long as can remember I was only ever going through the motions. As I grew up, if asked about religion, I just said that I was athiest!
I read a book on World religion a few years ago and although I dont regard Buddhism as a religion as such, reading that part of the book was a revelation!
so, I have been studying Buddhism for around 5 years and can relate to the buddhist way of life. Recently, I attended a local sanga in search of support.
I feel a little lost right now so thought I would join this group to help my understanding.

I live my life as kindly and harmlessly as possible and I am Vegan. I dont have meat, dairy or eggs and try very hard to avoid any food that contains anything from an animal.

I also endeavour to buy cruelty free clothes, shoes and products not tested on animals or harmful to the enviroment.

Going back to the Buddhist way of life.... the more I learn the less I seem to know... if that makes sense.
Or, do I know more of what I didnt know before??
Very confused! Also struggling with the differences between Mahayanna and Theravada. I find Theravada to be less mystical (for want of a better word) but I like Mahayanna as it seems to focus more on helping all living beings.

Any comments/views would be gratefully received!  :namaste: 

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Re: Hellooo!
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2015, 08:45:11 am »
Hi Kaz, welcome to the Forum, where I am quite new myself.

Speaking of "going through the motions" there was a story of a particular Master who led a monastery of over 5000 monks. Once he was asked exactly how many followers did he have, and he answered "perhaps two or three". Which just maybe tells its own sad story.

But that aside, some would see the trajectory of Theravada as being up and away from this world, while Mahayana stays within it, or in "helping living beings" as you say. I do not agree. The Theravada texts say....

In protecting myself I protect others
In protecting others I protect myself.


As I see it, whoever does more than "go through the motions" will inevitably find such to be true, Theravada or Mahayana.

Yes, some of the Mahayana teachings tend to turn the head to jelly (you say mystical.......) if you don't watch it, and Theravada can appear more grounded. But there you go, try to taste of both. I really do think one of the best places to start is with some of the fundamental Theravada teachings and suttas - but then, what do I know?

I would agree that, as you imply, a lot of the Buddhist path is one of unlearning, a stripping away of false views. And sometimes a little bit of confusion can work wonders.

But welcome, again, hope to see you around.

All the best


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Re: Hellooo!
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2015, 10:32:05 am »
Hello and welcome Kaz  :namaste: . Nice to meet you.  :hug:
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2015, 03:00:58 pm »
Thank you both for your welcome !  :D
I am going to a theravada sangha on Thursday which I'm really looking forward to,  I wasn't sure about the new kadampa sangha, although everyone was so kind and welcoming, I feel the need to try elsewhere.
I have studied on my own for the past few years but now I would like guidance and practice with meditation.

"In protecting myself I protect others. In protecting others I protect myself" - This was very helpful C.A. thank you, I hadn't thought of it like that. Seems so obvious now.

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2015, 12:59:20 pm »

Hi again kaz, best wishes for the new sangha.

Just to say that there is an essay on the short text quoted, written by the Theravada Elder Nyanaponika Thera. It can be found on-line here....

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/bl034.html

Well worth looking up.




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Re: Hellooo!
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2015, 06:46:13 pm »
There's a Buddhist church nearby my home - I don't know which 'sect' of Buddhism they belong to though ... also I'm really shy and almost scared to just walk in. That's my anxiety issues kicking in.
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2015, 12:27:37 am »
There's a Buddhist church nearby my home - I don't know which 'sect' of Buddhism they belong to though ... also I'm really shy and almost scared to just walk in. That's my anxiety issues kicking in.

Well, maybe you could take along the rats for a little moral support...... :teehee: But seriously, perhaps best to do some detective work first regarding the type of Church/Sangha it is.

Having said that, we really need to try and face our fears.

All the best

 


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