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What tradition do you follow? - Page 2 - Dhamma Wheel

What tradition do you follow?

A discussion on all aspects of Theravāda Buddhism

What tradition do you follow?

Classical Theravada
48
10%
Modern Theravada (Suttanta)
60
13%
Theravada (in general)
114
25%
Sri Lankan
23
5%
Thai
7
2%
Thai Forest
113
25%
Other forest tradition
8
2%
Burmese
33
7%
Goenka vipassana
19
4%
Mahayana
33
7%
 
Total votes: 458

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Bakmoon » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:31 pm

I put down Thai forset tradition and Suttanta. I like to have my teachings in conformity with the Suttas, but I try not to be overly rigid in doing so, seeking conformity with the principles of the Suttas. I find that sometimes the commentaries are in conflict with the suttas, but I think the commentaries shouldn't be dismissed simply due to a few problems, and I do hold a lot of other Theravada traditions that rely hevily on commentaries and subcomentaries in high esteem (Such as the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition) even though I may disagree with a vew things here or there. I tend to think that many diferences between traditions is based on terminological diferences, personally.
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The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Hickersonia » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:17 pm

Very mix-matched... So far I've found truth in each tradition to which I've been introduced, and so I can appreciate each for both its uniqueness and its similarity to others. That, and while most of my reading has focused on the Theravada tradition, the only local Sangha I've found to be accessible to me is Tibetan, and I find that I'm actually very comfortable with that too...

So, like I said, mix-matched. Finding my way is involving a lot of experimentation, but I don't necessarily think that is a bad thing. :)
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Buckwheat » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:43 pm

I am coming to the realization that my wrong views of materialism, annihilationism, and skepticism of rebirth mean that I do not believe in nibbana, and that I am not a Buddhist. However, I still see Buddhism as the clearest path for seeking freedom from suffering in this lifetime. For that reason, I do not consider myself "a Buddhist" anymore, but I do intend to continue practicing as much of the path as one with wrong view can practice. Does that make me a Buddhist-Non-Buddhist? Maybe. A heavy influence for me is the Thai Forrest traditions, but I'm moving more toward a secular meditative practice supported by developing virtue.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Dan74 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:59 pm

I think many modern teachers do not emphasize the views you mention, Buckwheat, as some sort of a prerequisite.

You don't have to place yourself "outside the fold" unless you want to.

For me, unless we these beliefs motivate us to practice harder and abandon what it unwholesome, they are just an obstacle - another view one holds on to. Better to experience them when the time is right.
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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Buckwheat » Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:01 am

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Durt_Dawg » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:37 am

Lets b fwendssss!!!!

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Buckwheat » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:02 pm

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Maarten » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:28 pm

I follow the gospel of Brahm, or I guess that would be thai forrest? :D

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Hanzze » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:30 am

The tradition of Buddha and his disiples is missing. :tongue:
Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Dhammanucara » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:44 am

I think in general, I would consider myself a Theravadan. However, it seems hard to classify myself in the categories mentioned above, so I think I should elaborate here.

I am a staunch Vipassana follower, learning from the Mahasi Sayadaw lineage, so by right I should say I belong to the Burmese tradition. Though I have immersed myself in the Burmese tradition for quite some time, I am not quite comfortable yet and often look to the Thai forest tradition for some additional support. I tend to find that although many Burmese masters are extremely well-versed and experience in the Buddha's teachings and meditation, they are not as effective when relating to the common layperson. For example, you may easily find any Burmese master who could conveniently conduct a dhamma talk narrating all the intricacies of the Buddha's teaching ranging from the popular kamma topic to the Abhidhamma's citta development process. While this may be beneficial to one who has already got a foreground understanding of Buddhism and is interested to know more about these things, more often the large gathering in a dhamma talk does not seem to understand much of it at the end of the talk. On the contrary, the simple message from a Thai forest ajahn like Ajahn Chah could easily relate to many layperson, and at some point, may even help relieve the listener's burden of his or her existing worries.

I would prefer to understand things from the sutta themselves but then if these are not very clear, I don't mind referring to the classical commentaries to get a clearer picture too.

And since I'm living in a predominantly Mahayana community, I also mingle with them and participate in their dharma ceremonies and chants, but if you insist knowing my identity, I would still identify myself as a Theravadan :)

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Sambojjhanga » Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:03 pm

I'm curious why so many people seem to have an affinity for the Thai Forest Tradition? I have a great affinity for this tradition as well, especially the Dhammayut sect.

There are a few reasons which I will state.

My primary reason is Thanissaro bhikkhu. I also like the works of Ajaan Fuang, Ajaan Lee, Ajaan Chah, and Ajaan Summedho (among others.)

I think I'm primarily attracted to the Thai forest tradition because, even before I became a Buddhist, I have spent many, many, many days, alone, in the outdoor wilds of North America and have always felt a great affinity to such. I've also noticed that by maintaining a non-hateful, non-agressive demeanor, I've never been attacked by any wild animals, and I've encountered a lot, including rattle snakes, bears and cougars in the wild and have never had any problems with them. In fact, the ONLY time I've ever felt threatened by such animals was when I was with others who tend to "freak out" around such encounters. Of course, YMMV and I'm not suggesting anyone go "Timothy Treadwell" (google it) or any such thing.

Through the works of Ajaan Geoff and his primary teachers, Ajaan Fuang and Ajaan Lee, I have FELT the circulation of "chi" (breath energy) in my body and, well, this works well for me. I also absolutely dislike the "noting" techniques that some of the Burmese (and other) schools use. Having said that, I am well aware that this works well for some and I very much believe in a "to each his own" philosophy. Just one man's opinion...

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby BuddhaDave » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:59 am

When we started planning to visit Thailand, we contacted—maybe I should say, tried to contact—quite a few Theravadin Wats. We don't want to ordain, but wanted to become part of the lay community around the Wat, and contribute seva and dana. Most of the centers did not reply. Of the few that did, most assumed we were just interested in their standard Rains retreat program. Only one began a dialogue, and that soon sputtered out and came to nothing.

So here we are in Thailand, practicing seriously but without any association or community. Frankly, we don't like what we see in most of the Wats. They are either intent on merit-making or run a paid guesthouse program for foreigners. We don't fit into either of those boxes, so we are pretty much ignored.

We are attracted to Buddhadasa Bhikku's style of teaching. Unfortunately, a big organization has formed around his legacy and we already have had enough of that sort of thing, thank you. We'd love to find a small forest Wat with a good teacher in the style of Buddhadasa, but without the politics that make most religious organizations so distasteful. Any ideas?

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Re: What tradition do you follow?

Postby Ben » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:56 am

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