Coëmgenu wrote:If that is your goal you need to reach out to the sangha and have a teacher. There are sections of the board with Mahavihara moderators who can probably help you get in contact with a monastery or temple, even if only over the internet. You can use this forum for that purpose, but this forum itself isn't a conduit of Buddhadharma in-and-of-itself, right?
Not sure what you mean.
Don't all (Theravada) Buddhists have the same goal, which is the highest goal (in Theravada, this is enlightenment), and aren't all (Theravada) Buddhist establishments intended toward that goal?
By saying "if that is your goal" I wasn't implying there were multiple goals to Buddhism, it was simply acknowledging that there are multiple uses for this forum, perusing enlightenment, by use of this forum and books alone, being a controversial one. I don't think any serious Theravada practitioner would advocate pursuing Buddhism seriously without a connection to the sangha in one way or another, which is an easy connection to make, they are eager for practitioners.
I, for instance, am not a Theravada practitioner. I came here to learn more about the "other side" of the tradition, to see what we had in common, what we didn't, etc. So my usage of this site comes from a different place.
Bhagavā arahaṃ sammasāmbuddho:
Svākkhāto yena bhagavatā dhammo / Supaṭipanno yassa bhagavato sāvakasaṅgho
Tammayaṃ bhagavantaṃ sadhammaṃ sasaṅghaṃ / Imehi sakkārehi yathārahaṃ āropitehi abhipūjayāma. (Dedication of Offerings)
此等諸法，法住、法空、法如、法爾，法不離如，法不異如，審諦真實、不顛倒。These many dharmāḥ, the residence of these dharmāḥ, the emptiness of these dharmāḥ, these dharmāḥ self-explain, these dharmāḥ are thus, these dharmāḥ do not depart from their self-explaining, these dharmāḥ are not different than their self-explaining, judged as truly real, not delusional. (SA 296, 因緣法)