What tradition do you follow?

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What tradition do you follow?

Classical Theravada
30
11%
Modern Theravada (Suttanta)
39
14%
Theravada (in general)
72
25%
Sri Lankan
10
4%
Thai
7
2%
Thai Forest
68
24%
Other forest tradition
6
2%
Burmese
20
7%
Goenka vipassana
12
4%
Mahayana
20
7%
 
Total votes : 284

What tradition do you follow?

Postby Sacha G » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:17 am

Hello
What tradition do you follow?
- Sri lankan?
- Burmese ?
- Thai ?
- Theravada in general?
- Proto-buddhism?
- Mahayana?

I personally follow the Thai Forest tradition, and am open to the others.

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Zom » Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:07 am

I don't like thai forest line because of their popular "eternal citta view" :spy:
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Upasaka » Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:12 am

Thai Forest tradition for me.
The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice.

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:31 pm

Empiricism

I will try a technique or way of doing something. If it works for me I will keep doing it. If not I will not.

If I hear of an interesting belief I will check to see if there is evidence for it. If so, I will think about it more. If not, I will forget about it.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby ground » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:43 pm

I guess its commonly called "buddhism".

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby theravada_guy » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:15 pm

I just follow general Theravada. I'm somewhat in contact with a bhikkhu from Sri Lanka, and I'm trying to set up a time to go and see him to take formal Refuge and Precepts, but he's pretty busy. I think they're planning on building a meditation center up where he's at, which is about 45 miles from where I live.

When I meditate, I just concentrate on the breath. I haven't started doing metta meditation yet, but I need too, pretty badly.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Prasadachitta » Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:30 am

TMingyur wrote:I guess its commonly called "buddhism".

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby santa100 » Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:03 am

same here, Buddhism or BuddhaDhamma.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Tex » Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:20 pm

Maybe someday I'll commit to a more specific tradition within Theravada, but for now being a Theravada generalist is working out pretty well.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Goofaholix » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:43 pm

None or all.

What's the point of picking one over the others?

Of course some afford more practise opportunities or resonate with me more, I guess that reduces it to half a dozen or so.
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"When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. When we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy." - Ajahn Chah
"Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it." — Ajahn Chah
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:14 pm

I edited the OP to add a poll. You can choose up to four choices of the tradition(s) that you follow or that best describe your philosophy, since there may be overlaps among traditions.

Classical Theravada is the 'unofficial' name for those who hold the Tipitaka as Buddhavacana (direct words of Buddha) and also hold the Commentaries in high esteem.
Modern Theravada is the 'unofficial' name for those who are primarily Suttanta, focusing more on the earliest teachings of the Buddha in the Suttas.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Goofaholix » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:58 pm

An obvious omission from the list is "Insight Meditation".
"Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment." - Ajahn Chah
"When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. When we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy." - Ajahn Chah
"Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it." — Ajahn Chah
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:57 am

Goofaholix wrote:An obvious omission from the list is "Insight Meditation".


Vipassana = Insight meditation, so arguably most, if not all of the above choices (other than Mahayana) practice some form of vipassana. If there is no specific tradition of vipassana practiced, one could choose Theravada (in general) or Goenka vipassana.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Sacha G » Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:17 pm

Thanks David for transforming the thread into a poll.
:anjali:
Let's see what comes out of it.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Otsom » Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:48 pm

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Ytrog » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:30 pm

Thai forest tradition for me.
Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.


mindfulness, bliss and beyond (page 8) wrote:Do not linger on the past. Do not keep carrying around coffins full of dead moments


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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:04 am

David N. Snyder wrote:IModern Theravada is the 'unofficial' name for those who are primarily Suttanta, focusing more on the earliest teachings of the Buddha in the Suttas.


I do like the suttas. But I like some of the sutras too. :juggling: :thumbsup:

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Buckwheat » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:03 pm

Goofaholix wrote:None or all.

What's the point of picking one over the others?

Of course some afford more practise opportunities or resonate with me more, I guess that reduces it to half a dozen or so.


To avoid becoming the "Jack of all trades, master of none." Selecting a lineage is a matter of digging deeply into it's roots to memorize their chants, do their austerities, dedicate to the same ideas. It's a matter of depth. I can't possibly remember the chants for every school of Buddhism, every list of doctrines, every meditation practice. So I focus on Thai Forest. Although I'm still influenced by Koans and Shikantaza, and I have an open mind for all schools, including other Theravada, Zen, Tibetan, Taoism, Hinduism, Chistianity, Judaism. I have to admit that it's sad how little I know about Islam.

Breadth and depth are both important.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:58 am

Buckwheat wrote:Breadth and depth are both important.


That's how I see it. For me understanding the big picture is important, not least because I know that there are a range of approaches and some suit my temperament better than others.

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Terasi » Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:46 am

I am too novice to even know where I am :tongue:

My centre is Thai Forest style, and many of the visiting monks are Ajahn Chah's lineage, but I learn mostly from non Thai Forest books. In a few years, if this poll is still up, maybe I will come back to cast a vote.
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