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Looking More Closely at Theravada

Postby dsaly1969 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:26 am

Hi all!

I first started studying Buddhism through the Japanese Mahayana Buddhist traditions (Rissho Kosei-kai, Nichiren Shu, Jodo Shinshu, etc.) but I have found myself increasingly drawn to the teaching and practice style of Theravada Buddhism. I am still very grateful for the teachings and I think that a study of Theravada in addition will add much to my understanding and practice. I am geographically isolated from other Buddhists so I am hoping to learn from y'all (and websites like Access to Insight).

Thanks!

Dave
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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:32 am

You are welcome here.
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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby Hickersonia » Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:33 am

Good to meet you, friend. :)
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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby cooran » Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:52 pm

Welcome Dave! Hope you find it fruitful here! :group:

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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby Ben » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:07 pm

Hi Dave,
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
You might be interested in the pinned 'introductory resources' thread in our Discovering Theravada sub-forum.
And feel free to ask questions.
kind regards,

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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:32 pm

:hello: Welcome to Dhamma Wheel. :buddha2:
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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:48 am

Welcome Dave!
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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby dsaly1969 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:05 am

Thanks for the welcome! I will review some of the suggested resources and will post more as I feel led and am able (I'm going through a bout of bilateral renal stones and am on pain medication while I wait for my surgery on Thursday morning so I am often tired, groggy, and in pain).

Kidney stones are not fun (especially when they are 2cm and over).
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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby Ben » Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:16 am

Good luck with your surgery!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

Sutta Nipata 3.725


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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby waimengwan » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:58 pm

Welcome Dave!
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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby bodom » Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:51 am

Welcome Dave!

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Going from Mahayana to Theravada

Postby dsaly1969 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:00 am

Thanks for the welcome!

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