What tradition do you follow?

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What tradition do you follow?

Classical Theravada
Modern Theravada (Suttanta)
Theravada (in general)
Sri Lankan
Thai Forest
Other forest tradition
Goenka vipassana
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby linda0012 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:41 am

Upasaka wrote:Thai Forest tradition for me.

For me too. I also like that tradition.

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Disciple » Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:16 pm

My main practice/tradition now is Dzogchen. No more wandering from tradition to tradition, this is it. :smile:

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby NotMe » Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:58 am

linda0012 wrote:
Upasaka wrote:Thai Forest tradition for me.

For me too. I also like that tradition.

What they said.

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby colathenut » Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:03 am

I'm not sure! I suppose Modern Theravada describes my approach to the Dhamma, but then General Theravada is another apt way of putting it. I am still very isolated from fellow Buddhists in my area, so my practice of Theravada is being developed largely by the Dhammawiki and the Pali Cannon, with guides from Access to Insight.

Perhaps you should add an option for "E-Theravada!"

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby JMGinPDX » Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:30 pm

Thai Forest for me, mostly through convenience and proximity - the closest Dhamma center to where I live that also has children's programs, and has a path for taking the Precepts, is in the Thai Forest lineage (Portland Friends of Dhamma Center...fortunately they are also wonderful people from what I've seen so far!)

However, it's also by sensibility - I came to Buddhism from a decades-long agnosticism preceded by a childhood as a P.K. in Christian fundamentalism. So some of the more....esoteric, to be polite...concepts of most major religions have never resonated with me.
My study started with various Mahayana and Vajrayana styles, but I found them exhausting in terms of the high level of cultural/societal influence on the basic teachings. I'm highly respectful of them, but feel I need something more....foundational.
I tried the more vipassana-oriented insight meditation/Secular Buddhism approach, but it was TOO secular. I like my "rational" and "logical" with just a dash of "spiritual." :anjali: :buddha2:

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby gateisred » Wed May 04, 2016 4:08 am

I would probably have to say Modern Theravada or a "western" Theravada as I am more secular. I don't really consider myself to be dedicated to any sect of Buddhism, I just identify with Theravada the most.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby stephx » Sun May 29, 2016 1:14 am

Thai Forest tradition.
I am studying under Thanissaro Bhikkhu through his tremendous wealth of talks and writings available online.
Such a gift.

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby ECS » Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:51 pm

In my current mind , Buddhism is the natural process of all existence regardless living or non-living travelling naturally back into the original state before existence , the state of nothingness .....as human , Buddhism is the natural process of realization , realizing own existence and cause of existence - the emotion ........as human realize he is emotion , he is desire / love / hate / anger / worry / fear / greed / ego etc and he realize he is constantly in a natural process of forgetting all emotion , he will no longer holds on to the mind , he no longer hold on to emotion ... he realize that by holding on to emotion / the mind is just like trying to stop a moving train with his leg ... this will lead to suffering ... he realize that holding on to desire / love / greed / fear etc is suffering and as he awaken to this , he no longer hold the mind as he realize he is the mind ......and as he travel further , all emotion will gradually and naturally forgotten / decreases .....into a condition of emptiness and back into the original state of nothingness .

So if one created desire to choose what to follow , what to believe , what to learn etc ... one emotion will increases meaning that as one hold on to his mind and continue to creates emotion , continue to gain knowledge , continue to creates beliefs / faith ... emotion will increase and as such he will travel longer journey into realization of this and suffering will be the nature of this path ...

So regardless what tradition you choose , as long as you created something to hold on to the mind , that is suffering ....

I hope to debate with any Buddhism Master for my own learning process

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby akashdhamma » Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:22 pm

The Dhamma has one taste.

I feel among the different traditions there is mainly an underlying difference in emphasis of a particular aspect(s) of the dhamma, but every tradition includes every aspect of the essential teaching of Shila, Samadhi & Pannya.

My own practice is derived from almost every option on the list except for Sri Lankan & Thai (not Thai Forest), because I am not well versed with these traditions.

Although heavily influenced by the Suttas preserved by Theraveda traditions - I dont see much contradiction in the Mahayana philosophy. The intent behind Mahayana and the philosophy in itself is a genuine fabrication meant to facilitate a bodhisattva's journey (or initiate future bodhisattva's), but many of the practices that have come to be seem inefficient and a diversion from the essence of the way.

For example: esoteric transmissions, tantra, mandalas, sexual practice/visualizations, etc may not really be necessary and might just be a waste of precious resources that may be better utilized by simply trying to develop the paramittas - but who knows, perhaps these are the conditions to develop certain qualities that wont arise otherwise.

All in all, I feel that all the traditions - including Zen & Chan have potential to lead people towards growth & Nibanna, and all traditions have produced wonderful teachers who understood the dhamma as it is, beyond the veils. The most essential factor of the path is Kamma. If we consciously create kusala kamma with our minds focused on nibanna, then the kamma will act as a fuel towards this goal and everything else that is necessary for us to reach there will manifest by the potentials of our kamma.

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