Epistemes wrote:But I have this tattoo. A Tibetan tattoo which praises Avolekitesvara. I'm not interested in getting it removed.
And it's this tatoo which makes me think I ought to endure the absurdity of something like Ngondro.
David N. Snyder wrote:Epistemes wrote:But I have this tattoo. A Tibetan tattoo which praises Avolekitesvara. I'm not interested in getting it removed.
Don't get it removed.And it's this tatoo which makes me think I ought to endure the absurdity of something like Ngondro.
I don't even know what Ngondro is, but I like Avolekitesvara. It's all good. It's all Dhamma / Dharma.
Epistemes wrote:And it's this tatoo which makes me think I ought to endure the absurdity of something like Ngondro.
retrofuturist wrote:For me the path to Theravada was quite obvious, because it's the only tradition that gives primacy to the Pali Canon. It was a quick process of elimination, actually.
If "This is what the Buddha taught" is an important criteria for you, I think you'll find yourself increasingly in Theravada territory. Bear in mind too that Theravada contains a broad spectrum of beliefs, priorities and practices... so within Theravada there's still room to move.
cooran wrote:Mahayana and Theravada
Now, what is the difference between Mahayana and Theravada?
I have studied Mahayana for many years and the more I study it, the more I find there is hardly any difference between Theravada and Mahayana with regard to the fundamental teachings.
- Both accept Sakyamuni Buddha as the Teacher.
- The Four Noble Truths are exactly the same in both schools.
- The Eightfold Path is exactly the same in both schools.
- The Paticca-samuppada or the Dependent Origination is the same in both schools.
- Both rejected the idea of a supreme being who created and governed this world.
- Both accept Anicca, Dukkha, Anatta and Sila, Samadhi, Panna without any difference.
These are the most important teachings of the Buddha and they are all accepted by both schools without question
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