Middle ground.

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Middle ground.

Postby Demarous » Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:21 am

I'm not that clued up on this, hence asking.
Is it possible for a lay follower to support both Theravada and Mahayana?
Would it be frowned upon by either of the traditions?

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Re: Middle ground.

Postby Demarous » Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:04 am

By support, i mean to financially support and promote the awareness of!

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Re: Middle ground.

Postby appicchato » Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:32 am

Sure...admirable in fact...and no, I wouldn't think it would be frowned upon by either group...

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Re: Middle ground.

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:35 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Middle ground.

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:58 pm

When I first read the OP I thought you meant following both, which may not be so bad either if you are starting out and have not chosen a specific tradition yet. But giving financial support; that is dana, generosity, one of the Paramitas and an excellent practice.

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Re: Middle ground.

Postby Demarous » Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:20 pm

To be honest, until i was sue of what "nonattachment" :bow: meant, i was not sure whether i was definately of the Theravada way, but i am now sure!

Thats good to know, i am hoping to make people more aware of buddhism, in all of its traditions / schools, using Facebook.

I was thinking of using a new name to catch attention to particularly the younger or what you'd call the Modern generations, which would be not attached to any particular tradition, give people the access to the backgrounds and information on the various schools / traditions that they want to find out more about, ( I will link Dhamma and Dharma wheel forums of course) and then they can decide which path is for them, if they choose to look any further.

I have found the word 'Svaatanya' which is freedom in Sanskrit, which stands for 'the freedom of choice'.

What does everyone think? :thinking:

Do you think this could cause miss understanding and offence??? :?

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Re: Middle ground.

Postby kc2dpt » Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:15 pm

I think:
a] I'm sure there are some wholesome motivations at work here but...
b] I know of plenty of such resources on the web already and...
c] if one is not knowledgeable in the various traditions, then I think it is not wise to try to promote said traditions; one will inevitably promote incorrect information.
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Re: Middle ground.

Postby Demarous » Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:56 pm

My aim would not to promote the different schools as such,as i definitely do not know nearly enough about any school to do that, just to grab some more attention towards buddhism in general then let people decide what way, school they want to follow by giving them links, like to this and Dharma wheel so they can see where they fit.

Buddhism has changed my life completely since i have found it, if i can improve someone else's life by grabbing the attention of even one more person, i think that would be a real step forward towards the end of suffering.

Metta,
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"Happy, at rest, may all beings be happy at heart. Whatever beings there may be, weak or strong, without exception, long, large, middling, short, subtle, blatant, seen & unseen, near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart."

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Re: Middle ground.

Postby clw_uk » Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:33 pm

Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

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Re: Middle ground.

Postby BlackBird » Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:45 pm

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Middle ground.

Postby Demarous » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:02 am

Thanks very much, i'm glad you can see my intension is good. :smile:

I'd be interested to hear if anyone thinks it would be a bad idea and why??? To get the other view, if anyone feels that way of course,
to which i will take no offense personally.

Well if any of you ever go on facebook, i have just started the group and would appreciate growing numbers!!! :tongue:
it is under Buddhism, Description Svaatanya Buddhism.

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"Happy, at rest, may all beings be happy at heart. Whatever beings there may be, weak or strong, without exception, long, large, middling, short, subtle, blatant, seen & unseen, near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart."


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