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Mahayanist Here. Please be Open-minded...!

Postby Buddha's Dancer » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:25 pm

Dear Fortunate Friends

I am more like a Mahayana practitioner of the Bodhisattva path to Buddhahood for the sake of all sentient ones, and less like a Theravada practitioner following the path of arhatship or shravakahood or pratyekahood or individual nirbana. However, in my collection of texts I have the complete set of all 5 nikayas, all the vinaya texts and all the Abhidhamma texts published in English and Pali, all the extra-canonical Theravada, all the Mahayana sutras and shastras, all the Vajrayana texts and commentaries - in short, all the teachings which fall under the 9 vehicle system of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

So please, be open minded. In the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism, there are 9 vehicles, from the Shravaka, Pratyekabuddha of Theravada all the way up to the actual enlightenment of the Tathagata which is the highest vehicle (in the Nyingma house, this is called rDzogs chen - the Great Perfection). And they are all holy and revered by the Nyingma pas. However, the only difference is that they don't say that ONLY this or that vehicle is the one they seek - they actually, like the Buddha, like them all.

So please, like me, don't judge harshly because someone likes Theravada, AND Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Because I have love for everything the Buddha taught.

Best wishes
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Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:33 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Don't forget to also join our sister site: http://www.dharmawheel.net/ which focuses on the Mahayana (including Vajrayana).
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Re: Mahayanist Here. Please be Open-minded...!

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:59 pm

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

Sounds like one interesting collection of scripture you have there.

:reading:

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Postby Cittasanto » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:52 pm

Hi & Welcome
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Mahayanist Here. Please be Open-minded...!

Postby meindzai » Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:03 am

Don't worry, we love Mahayanists. {stirs a boiling pot while reading his copy of "How to Serve Mahayanists") :stirthepot:

:)

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Postby bodom » Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:08 am

Welcome! I have great respect for Mahayana especially the old zen masters :sage:

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Postby LauraJ » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:22 am

Hi, and welcome! I too am a Mahayana (Vajrayana) person and I enjou Dhammawheel very much. You are in good company here :)

As was mentioned, the owners of Dhammawheel kindly created a forum for Mahayana folks to exchange too.

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But there are so many good people and precious gems for anyone at this site, so enjoy!

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Postby Buddha's Dancer » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:26 am

Thanks one and all for your friendly metta.
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Postby Ben » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:01 am

Hi BD
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel. Its a friendly place here and I'm sure you'll feel at home.
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Postby tiltbillings » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:09 am

Welcome.

Stay awhile, ask a question or two or maybe three and you might find that the Theravada does not quite fit this statement of yours: ". . .there are 9 vehicles, from the Shravaka, Pratyekabuddha of Theravada all the way up to the actual enlightenment of the Tathagata. . . ." Always something to learn, to explore.
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Postby Monkey Mind » Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:22 am

meindzai wrote:Don't worry, we love Mahayanists. {stirs a boiling pot while reading his copy of "How to Serve Mahayanists") :stirthepot:

:)

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I heard they taste like chicken. But then I am trying to be a veggie, so ....

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Postby Mawkish1983 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:15 am

tiltbillings wrote:Welcome.

Stay awhile, ask a question or two or maybe three and you might find that the Theravada does not quite fit this statement of yours: ". . .there are 9 vehicles, from the Shravaka, Pratyekabuddha of Theravada all the way up to the actual enlightenment of the Tathagata. . . ." Always something to learn, to explore.

I was thinking the same thing :) but also, is the implication that we are not open minded? I'm easily confused :)
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Postby BlackBird » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:27 am

meindzai wrote:Don't worry, we love Mahayanists. {stirs a boiling pot while reading his copy of "How to Serve Mahayanists") :stirthepot:

:)

-M


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Postby Annapurna » Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:37 am

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Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:02 pm

Mawkish1983 wrote:
tiltbillings wrote:Welcome.

Stay awhile, ask a question or two or maybe three and you might find that the Theravada does not quite fit this statement of yours: ". . .there are 9 vehicles, from the Shravaka, Pratyekabuddha of Theravada all the way up to the actual enlightenment of the Tathagata. . . ." Always something to learn, to explore.

I was thinking the same thing :) but also, is the implication that we are not open minded? I'm easily confused :)

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Re: Mahayanist Here. Please be Open-minded...!

Postby Thales » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:14 pm

Buddha's Dancer wrote:...they don't say that ONLY this or that vehicle is the one they seek - they actually, like the Buddha, like them all....
So please, like me, don't judge harshly because someone likes Theravada, AND Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Because I have love for everything the Buddha taught.


Welcome!

I do not judge you for liking all three schools, but obviously which schools the Buddha actually taught is controversial..
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