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Not a Buddhist but,

Postby Skeggjold » Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:35 am

This is an attempt of mine not explore but to find. Years ago I met someone from mainland China who was Buddhist. We quickly very quickly met and established a friendship we did developed a bond. Years later I look back at this person with great fondness. I miss that affinity we had which gives me this search.

She was a Buddhists in thought and practice. Now here is the tricky part. Is there a sect of Buddhism that is also mystical? If so please tell me . For years I have had a ever increasing desire to learn more of her by knowing more of her faith. I have explored a Tibetan Buddhism near my home at least in what I found there is not the warmth that she reflected of her faith. No shame or discredit to them just was not the same.

Or just tell me to move on this is not the place for those kinds of shenanigans.
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Re: Not a Buddhist but,

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:36 am

What exactly do you mean by mystical?

All Buddhism could technically described as mystical I guess, but I'm not sure exactly you're referring to...
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
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Re: Not a Buddhist but,

Postby Skeggjold » Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:47 am

LonesomeYogurt wrote:What exactly do you mean by mystical?

All Buddhism could technically described as mystical I guess, but I'm not sure exactly you're referring to...


Okay let me try to define that. First of all she was interested in me in a romantic way. Sadly due to other circumstances it never happened.

She always delivered her advice or words in the most non righteous way, a most non ominous way. She held faith in omens and telling fortunes to me that is mystical. Does that explain? Sometimes she would say it in jest, but knowing her I knew it was not in jest.

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Re: Not a Buddhist but,

Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:22 am

Are you looking for the buddhist sect that she belonged too? Or do you want to experience in your self the warmth of heart that emanated from her? If it's specificaly the latter, you can apply yourself in the practice of metta (loving kindness).

Here is a good guide on how to practice it: http://www.buddhanet.net/metta_b.htm
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

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Re: Not a Buddhist but,

Postby Skeggjold » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:30 am

Modus.Ponens wrote:Are you looking for the buddhist sect that she belonged too? Or do you want to experience in your self the warmth of heart that emanated from her? If it's specificaly the latter, you can apply yourself in the practice of metta (loving kindness).

Here is a good guide on how to practice it: http://www.buddhanet.net/metta_b.htm



Yes to both questions.
Thank you for the link ( off to explore it )

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Re: Not a Buddhist but,

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:27 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

As MP states, it could be the warmth that was emanating from her specifically, not necessarily which tradition she followed. Depending upon what you mean by "mystical" by most definitions Tibetan Buddhism would be the mystical component with some flashy rituals, tantra, and secret teachings. You said you weren't interested in the Tibetan Buddhist group you found, so it sounds more like something specific to this person, which you can find in any person well developed in metta and other brahma viharas.

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Re: Not a Buddhist but,

Postby m0rl0ck » Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:26 pm

If she was from mainland china there is a good possibility that she was a chan/pureland mahayana buddhist.
Here is a link to get you started. http://www.cloudwater.org/
"When you meditate, don't send your mind outside. Don't fasten onto any knowledge at all. Whatever knowledge you've gained from books or teachers, don't bring it in to complicate things. Cut away all preoccupations, and then as you meditate let all your knowledge come from what's going on in the mind. When the mind is quiet, you'll know it for yourself. But you have to keep meditating a lot. When the time comes for things to develop, they'll develop on their own. Whatever you know, have it come from your own mind.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eleft.html

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Re: Not a Buddhist but,

Postby waimengwan » Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:31 pm

Skeggjold welcome to DW.

Tibetan Buddhism has a lot of mythical and fantastic stories enough to satisfy your need for that :). We also have room for a lot of study, contemplation and medication where we study 'Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand' it is a cook book for enlightenment, I belong to the Gelug tradition. This is our most precious text the work of the saint Lama Tsongkhapa.
http://vajrasecrets.com/books/english-b ... -hand.html

I don't think the people in all Tibetan Buddhists centers are not warm :) that would be overgeneralisation.


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