johnny wrote:the buddha taught a vast variety of different methods and practices in the pali canon.
manas wrote:Hi johnny
it does not make sense to me that the Buddha would have taught different 'paths'. There is only one Path, and we all know what that is. I might still be, relatively speaking, a neophyte in this Dhamma & Discipline, but the more I study and practice it, the more I perceive a fundamental unity throughout all the various 'teachings' the Buddha gave.
So I don't see why you have to 'choose' between any of the above mentioned. Do them all; they all fall under the umbrella of the Noble Eightfold Path.
The Satipatthana sutta explains samma sati in depth;
Jhana is samma samadhi (it should be undertaken with the correct motivation, however); and
The precepts cover samma vaca, samma kammanta and samma ajiva (unless I'm mistaken).
All that is left then, is samma ditthi, samma sankappa and samma vayama. Which, since you are studying the suttas, you would be increasingly familiar with as well.
Just keep refining the entire Path, that's what we all need to do. In particular, strive to enter into right view (that's what I'm trying to do also).
David2 wrote:In the long run, to get a good intellectual understanding of the Buddha's path, it is very good to learn Pali and read the Palicanon in Pali (with the help of a dictionary and one or two translations.)
To know which practice suits you best, it's also good to attend retreats in traditions that seem to be most interesting to you.
johnny wrote:there are so many different things too do, trying too do them all would mean you would never get very good at one as you would be doing each one only a little because you would constantly be trying too make time too do the next one on your list..
drifting cloud wrote:This is simply untrue. If this were the case, the Buddha would not have taught all of them. It is more the case that different practices reinforce and strengthen each other through positive feedback.
johnny wrote:i just picked for myself through trial and error.
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