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by Dan74
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: across the lines - wrong understanding
Replies: 66
Views: 8234

Re: across the lines - wrong understanding

While the post above is probably a more accurate statement of doctrinal differences, I am still not sure why we have to play party politics with our spiritual paths. I am one individual practicing in my limited way some of the sublime teachings and practices that come under the umbrella of Mahayana ...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:33 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: G'day!
Replies: 6
Views: 1114

G'day!

:hello: I've been posting a bit and some would know me from our mother-forum, but for the others, I am Dan(iel) from Melbourne, Australia. I practice in the Korean Zen (Son) Buddhist tradition but my teacher likes referring to the Pali scriptures and making sure people know the fundamentals whatever...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: across the lines - wrong understanding
Replies: 66
Views: 8234

Re: across the lines - wrong understanding

I think one can find common threads when it comes to the basic teachings such as the Four Noble Truths, Dependent Arising, etc. (Discussing the three characteristics don't usually work because discussing Anatta ushers in a discussion about Suññata, which brings about an argument about Mahayana-Empt...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 7556

Re: Tantra

There is a wonderful bit in the autobiography of John Blofeld (a scholar and translator of Chinese Buddhist classics who lived most of his life in China and Thailand) called The Wheel of Life, where he asks a lama four questions concerning his doubts about Tibetan Buddhism (pp.44-48). Here's a part ...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 7556

Re: Tantra

I am a practitioner, but I feel no urge to rush to the defense of tantra. I have so much confidence in this particular path that I feel it needs no defense. I finally spoke up to correct one little thing ;) Guru Yoga isn't guru worship. In vajrayana nothing is worshipped as in any other school of B...
by Dan74
Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Challenges to Buddhism and as a Buddhist
Replies: 31
Views: 4631

Re: Challenges to Buddhism and as a Buddhist

I think the biggest difficulty in lay life (as compared to monastic) is not all the daily challenges, but rather the absence of a supportive Sangha 24/7. This is what I really envy monastics for. Yes, practice never stops, if you really know how to practice, to pay attention. But for a layperson who...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 7556

Re: Tantra

Regarding the supposed great differences between Theravada and Mahayana, here's what Ven Dr Walpola Rahula whom I guess many here would know, has to say: I have studied Mahayana for many years and the more I study it, the more I find there is hardly any difference between Theravada and Mahayana with...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 7556

Re: Tantra

I was taught tantra was taught by Buddha, but it was a secret teachings only passed along to a chosen few. If it was a secret then why was tantra introduced in Hinduism first? I'm not getting a clear answer. Vajrayana is all I know. I have had Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments, yet I still don't kno...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 7556

Re: Tantra

For example: Nagarjuna's texts are not on the Pali Canon, so I don't consider them in my practice. Am I saying he is a fraud? Or that all teachers who follow him are frauds? No problem. Theravada works for you, but what doesn't follow is that Mahayana or Vajrayana are deficient. Still you may consi...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 7556

Re: Tantra

Again I wish an experienced Vajrayana practitioner comes and replies properly. But to my (very) limited knowledge, the "need" is in the speed. Tantra is meant to be the quick way because it employs quite radical methods of overcoming the dualistic mind, the deluded clinging mind and realising the Bu...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism
Replies: 27
Views: 3683

Re: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

What is it really about? Many believe beginners to Buddhism must be indoctrinated with the doctrine of rebirth. My personal opinion is that this indoctrination has got to stop. Many westerns (including myself) find the whole notion of literal rebirth after death a very difficult concept to come to ...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 7556

Re: Tantra

I was taught tantra was taught by Buddha, but it was a secret teachings only passed along to a chosen few. If it was a secret then why was tantra introduced in Hinduism first? I'm not getting a clear answer. Vajrayana is all I know. I have had Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments, yet I still don't kno...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Tantra
Replies: 56
Views: 7556

Re: Tantra

Thank you Gabriel and Mike for posts that provide relevant information rather than bigotry. It is sad to see all that misinformation and accusations flying against a fellow school of Buddhism. Although I am not a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, the story of "prostitute's panties" is almost certainly ...
by Dan74
Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism
Replies: 27
Views: 3683

Re: Destruction of Buddhist on-line community via sectarianism

Hi Folks, :hello: I share the concern expressed in the original post - wouldn't it be great to have an inclusive non-sectarian solid online sangha? Over the years I have seen quite a few people who appeared to have been genuine seekers come over to ESangha and be put off either by wrangling or by an...