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What you interested in about Buddhism?

Postby Thai_Theravada » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:18 am

Hi all

I'm from Thailand, where Theravada Buddhism is national religion.

and I'm quite surprise that many of you interested in Buddhism

So, what's things that you interested most about Buddhism?

and how you practice for daily life?

Let's share,

Thanks
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Re: What you interested in about Buddhism?

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:29 am

Greetings Thai_Theravada,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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What I like about the Dhamma is the way it helps reduce suffering and leads to more happiness in life.

I've always known that commercialism wasn't for me, but it wasn't until I discovered Buddhism that I realised there was a happy alternative.

I try to practice the Noble Eightfold Path as best as I can, and even though I don't have the support of a local Dhamma community, I find spiritual friendship here amongst friends at Dhamma Wheel.

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Re: What you interested in about Buddhism?

Postby Fede » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:35 am

Why are you surprised?
Buddhism is now a global religion.
Theravada is the most ancient school.
Tibetan Buddhism has huge prominence in people's minds originally due to the invasion of China in 1950, and the extraordinary upheaval it caused ever since.
so Tibetan Buddhism is also widely practised.

There are perhaps more westerners practising Theravada as taught by the Buddha, than ever before.
I would say that the majority of Western Buddhists learnt about Buddhism because Christianity (the inherent national religion) was not a path they saw as one they wanted to adhere to.

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Re: What you interested in about Buddhism?

Postby Sanghamitta » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:43 am

When I first started going to a Thai temple in London many years ago Thai Theravada , a lot of the younger Thai people would ask the same question. There we were surrounded by all that the west had to offer, why was I interested in Buddhism ?
That of course was when Thailand was less prosperous than it is now.
I suspect that now many Thai people have seen the deep unhappiness of many people in the west, they might be less surprised at western interest in the Dhamma.
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Re: What you interested in about Buddhism?

Postby plwk » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:13 pm

:namaste:
I'm from Thailand, where Theravada Buddhism is national religion.

Where I am from, just down south...Islam is the majority...Buddhism is no.2 (Theravada-mainly from the Thai and Sri Lankan Traditions, being the most popular ones, seems to be a formidable force...we had great figures like The late 'Tok Raja' and The late 'Chief Reverend')

and I'm quite surprise that many of you interested in Buddhism

Times have changed....and in favour of the Buddha Dhamma fortunately...

So, what's things that you interested most about Buddhism?

Suffering and its cessation...

and how you practice for daily life?

Chanting, meditation, Uposatha, study...and the list goes on...
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: What you interested in about Buddhism?

Postby bodom » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:21 pm

Welcome. The possibility of freedom from addiction and attachment was what lead me to the Dhamma.

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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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Re: What you interested in about Buddhism?

Postby Thai_Theravada » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:39 pm

Thanks for your views

I used to hear about Thai Buddhist and Foreigner Monk :

Thai Buddhist says: Foreigner can be a Monk?
Foreigner Monk says : Why? Only Thai have Dhakk?

Indeed, The question like this is our tradition
to greeting for our new friend.

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Re: What you interested in about Buddhism?

Postby plwk » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:48 am

I used to hear about Thai Buddhist and Foreigner Monk :
Thai Buddhist says: Foreigner can be a Monk?
Foreigner Monk says : Why? Only Thai have Dhakk?

Reminds me of one conversation I had with my late grandmother's neighbour...
Me: And where did the Buddha come from?
Neighbour: Of course China lah!

I rest my case... :rolleye:
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: What you interested in about Buddhism?

Postby Wind » Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:05 am

I have ponder life greatest questions for a long time and have not find a satisfying answer until I learn about Buddhism. It made sense to me. And it has help me in many ways to have a peaceful mind in mist of all the chaos in our world.
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