Hanzze wrote: Nanadhaja wrote:
I pretty much agree with Dan here.
Different traditons do things different ways and even within those traditions,different schools do things differently.
As you can see by my avatar(yeah that is me)I am a monk in the Theravada tradition.
As you can also see I have internet access.
Not all temples would allow this.My temple pays my internet for me.
I doubt that the forest sanghas would allow this.
I cannot answer for the other traditions as to be honest I do not know enough about them and so will leave it up to people from these traditions to give you there views.
Venerable Nanadhaja, please let me ask you some questions.
Venerable Nanadhaja, would you say that the way you are walking is the way Buddha had taught?
Venerable Nanadhaja, would you say that the life of monasteries is according to what the Buddha has taught?
Venerable Nanadhaja, would you say that you have given up and live ascetic?
Dear Ven. Nanadhaja, what them is the reason for it?
Why, Ven. Nanadhaja, if there is no different in view of the dhamma, why then is that forum (just as a near example) described as "...on the dhamma of theravada"?
Why, Ven. Nanadhaja, if there is no different in the result of the way, why then publish other schools that this and that way will not lead to Nibbana?
Ven. Nanadhaja, is it useful for the practice to think "This is his way, and I walk my way" if I am identified as representative of one group?
Hanzze,I will try to answer a few of your questions.
I am starting out on the path. Along the way I will make mistakes.
As far as living the life of an ascetic,I have given up a lot to be here in this temple.Ok for sure I have internet connection.
If I did not I would struggle to stay in touch with my aging parents.My family are in NZ and I am in Malaysia.
Also I am able to hopefully share what small knowledge I have with other people.Most of our lay devotees here speak Hokkien chinese.Not a language I am conversant in.
I did not say there is no different views in my post.There are many differing views.It is not up to me to tell others that I think they are wrong.
As buddhism spread and people of different cultures adopted it they often incorporated some of their older belief systems into it.This is just a fact of life.
I know many people from different traditions of buddhism and respect their views even if I may differ in opinion.
For the most part the basics of buddhism are still there.4nt's,8fnp.
And crawling on the planets face,some insects called the human race.
Lost in time
Lost in space