Tantrayogi wrote:Perhaps is due to my lack of knowledge in the suttas, but sometimes I have a big doubt about the Dhamma as a valid path for a lay person. It's difficult to do it in english, but let me explain it a bit: I come from a catholic background where, besides its hierarchycal structure, the goal (afterlife in heaven) is the same for both lay and clerigy. They believe that both can accomplish that goal.
But in Buddhism I have that feeling that the goal is just for ordained people and lay people only can make good merits and wish to be a monk next live. I've tryied to find stories about lay practitioners, but besides Layman P'ang stories in the Ch'an tradition my search wasn't successful. So there is that feeling and it's quite frustrant, because I can't leave my wife and daughter at their own and I can't fully aspire to attain liberation if not being a renunciant. I'm confused.
What do you think? What's the role and goal for lay people in Buddhism, and especially in Theravada?
clw_uk wrote:Renunciation is in the mind not moving somewhere in the external world
jcsuperstar wrote:...well the monk life would be the easiest thats for sure.
appicchato wrote:jcsuperstar wrote:...well the monk life would be the easiest thats for sure.
Easiest?...best, most conducive, facilitative, encouraging...maybe...but easiest?...not by a long one...not yet anyway...
adosa wrote:jcsuperstar wrote:retrofuturist wrote:Venerable Appicchato is cool
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