reflection wrote:Hi! Salut!
Well, I don't know that particular community, but one thing I can say in general: There's always two things to keep apart; There's the group and there's the practice.
What's most important is what's going on in your mind, how you practice. If you feel it's working for you, keep doing it. It's really great to do meditation! By practicing you learn to rely on yourself. And after a while you will start to get a place of peace in the mind, that's like an island you can always go back to.
Groups are external things. They will never be perfect. There will be people who you don't like, practices you may not really like. Other people will try to put the group or tradition down because they don't agree with it or whatever. But if you are your own island, you won't get dragged along by this. You can be happy in the group and outside of the group and the problems won't really hit you as much.
LonesomeYogurt wrote:Without accusing anyone of anything, I would recommend that you try and find a more grounded, conservative branch of Theravada. If you give us the general area in which you live, I'm sure we could easily help you find some Buddhist organizations close to you. Triratna is better than not practicing, but I think you'll find a spiritual purity and focus in other organizations that will be very beneficial.
Retrofuturist said: As FWBO (Friends of the Western Buddhist Order), Triratna had something of a chequered history. Google "FWBO Files" for more information.
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings OWO,
As FWBO (Friends of the Western Buddhist Order), Triratna had something of a chequered history. Google "FWBO Files" for more information. The spiritual head of the FWBO, Sangharakshita, who was the centre of past controversy is now an old man, and I believe he isn't particularly active in terms of setting current and future direction for the organisation. Furthermore, many of the centres are decentralised in terms of their local management.
For these reasons, I wouldn't give a blanket recommendation or warning about any particular Triratna centre, other than to go see for yourself whether it seems fit for purpose, and to see for yourself whether it seems legit. What they are attempting to do, i.e. present the Dhamma in a manner acceptable to Western culture, is a noble endeavour and whilst they have made some mistakes along the way, that's part of the learning curve for a new(ish) spiritual organisation with big plans.
OneWayOut wrote:What my main question actually is, the main meditation techniques are they somehow different from the one they use in Theravada communities?