Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

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Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

Postby arijitmitter » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:12 am

Do I need to attend a Theravada Buddha temple at regular intervals ? I am becoming a more and more refined Dhamma follower by keeping the teachings of Buddha in my heart and mind always.

The monastery / temple, I used to go to is really hard to attend since it is only open to general public from 6 - 8 PM and I have taken a new job which is till 8 PM. Weekends, I am too tired. In any case nothing happens there except Buddha Vandana at 6 PM. Not that the Bhante can ( or wants to answer ) a difficult query on DO or mindfulness. So is it at all needed ?

Not that all Theravadans live close to Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Brahm, Bhikkhu Bodhi or a kind Bhante like Yuttadhammo who takes care to explain to the disciple.

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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

Postby cooran » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:31 am

Hello arijitmitter,

I seem to recall you being in Calcutta? If so, have you had any contact with these places?:

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/search.ph ... vince_id=0

It is not necessary to attend a Temple - but usually lay people gain companionship from other lay practitioners and teaching from the Bhikku. If this isn't happening for you, try to get to a 10 day Retreat when possible.

With metta,
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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

Postby appicchato » Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:03 am

The Path lies between our ears, not in a temple... :candle:

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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

Postby Kusala » Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:23 am

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He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:43 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

Postby cooran » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:52 am

Hello Venerable and Retro,

Admirable friendship is vital to practitioners on the Path, not just Bhikkhus
Upaddha sutta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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Chris
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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:53 am

Greetings Cooran,

I don't disagree with you at all. I just don't see that the two perspectives are in any way in opposition....

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Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

Postby cooran » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:27 am

Hello Retro,

Sorry - I misunderstood. :embarassed:

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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:54 am

Greetings Cooran,

No problemo - I like when kalyana-mittas talk of the value of kalyana-mittas.

:thumbsup:

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Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Is it needed to attend a Buddha temple?

Postby Kare » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:20 pm

Mettāya,
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