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"Buddhist country" Lay practice as a model for the rest?

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Re: "Buddhist country" Lay practice as a model for the rest?

Postby Annapurna » Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:47 pm

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Re: "Buddhist country" Lay practice as a model for the rest?

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:54 pm

Clearly differentiating between Asian vs Western cultures is not straightforward as it might seem at first look. I would propose that we differentiate between what the Buddha would call a 'aryan' (noble) and putajjana (uninstructed) community. Then it doesn't matter which country you live in, the turning of the Wheel of dhamma and Wheel of samsara becomes evident.

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Re: "Buddhist country" Lay practice as a model for the rest?

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Re: "Buddhist country" Lay practice as a model for the rest?

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:12 pm

Hi Lazyeye

Start with keeping the precepts and meditating. Don't go too much into removing defilements that are too hard to remove right now. Then work on hindrances- ie defilements that arise when meditating. Then work on developing samadhi (concentration) to a deep level. After that, work on vipassana and seeing insights into the true nature of phenomena. Than become a stream entrant. Then start working on your cravings :)

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Re: "Buddhist country" Lay practice as a model for the rest?

Postby Lazy_eye » Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:14 pm

Anna, Matheesha, thanks for your observations -- they are very helpful. Overanalysis is a hard habit to break. And it's a common "beginner's problem" to be obsessing about the finish line before you are even out of the starting gate.

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