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tampasteve2
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Hello, still searching

Postby tampasteve2 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:47 pm

Hello, my name is Steve and I am in the USA. I have been interested in Buddhism for several years, primarily Theravada but also some Mahayana. Recently I have been reading a lot more and I am trying to find what fits me. I like that Therevada is based on the original teachings of the Buddha, but I also find myself drawn to Mahayanan teachings at times. I am given to understand that Therevada broadly teaches that one essentially cannot become an arhant without being a monastic. This leads me to question why I would want to practice Therevadan Buddhism over a Mahayanan tradition like Chan. Is the overall goal to be reborn and perhaps become a monastic in another life while living the best life this time around that I can? Perhaps these questions are best for another thread.

Please forgive me if I am way off in any statements, spellings, thoughts, or otherwise am misunderstanding teachings, I am just starting. :)
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Re: Hello, still searching

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:47 pm

Welcome to DW!

According to Theravada, one can reach full enlightenment as a lay person. Tradition holds that once one reaches full enlightenment, one ordains within 7 days or passes away.

There have been some threads about this, search for "lay arahant" or "arahant 7 days ordain" and it might show the previous threads. For me, it makes sense as in lay life one can still practice, make progress, but once there is full awakening, the lay life wouldn't be able to support full mindfulness all the time, equanimity, non-use of money, etc.

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Re: Hello, still searching

Postby dhammarelax » Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:39 pm

Even if the flesh & blood in my body dry up, leaving just the skin, tendons, & bones, I will use all my human firmness, human persistence and human striving. There will be no relaxing my persistence until I am the first of my generation to attain full awakening in this lifetime. ed. AN 2.5

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Re: Hello, still searching

Postby SarathW » Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:52 pm

Well come to Dhamma Wheel.
Please find attached link related to Lay Arahants, which provide further links.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Hello, still searching

Postby bodom » Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:12 am

Welcome!

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Hello, still searching

Postby DC2R » Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:21 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
May the blessings of the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha always be firmly established in your hearts.


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Re: Hello, still searching

Postby ToVincent » Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:45 pm

We are all possessed - more or less.
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And what, bhikkhu, is inward rottenness? Here someone is immoral, one of evil character, of impure and suspect behaviour, secretive in his acts, no ascetic though claiming to be one, not a celibate though claiming to be one, inwardly rotten, corrupt, depraved. This is called inward rottenness.”
SN 35.241
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Just as a chunk of salt, cast in water, loses its form and keeps only its taste; so does one who deals with the deathless loses himself in that reality.
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Re: Hello, still searching

Postby tampasteve2 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:05 pm

Thank you all for the clarification on lay arhants, that actually makes a lot of sense. I am just learning all of the foundations of Buddhism, so it is all new.
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