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Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Thats it in a nutshell Mike. Life is fleeting. We can spend all of it trying to line all our ducks up before commiting to something, only to find time gone..

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Hopefully I'm not trying to do all that. I was thinking this morning that it seems my creative mind just looooves taking over, trying to create something new. We are the creators of our own, personal 'reality', afterall, aren't we? It seems the true dividing line (if there is one) is a difference in one's personal approach. I guess this is why Buddhism and most other religions keep having splits, and seem to evolve over time. Some prefer to hold steady to the established way, while others seek new roads.

Thanks to all for sharing your advice and views.

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Just like there is a danger of becoming too narrow, caught up in the details of the path and losing sight of the purpose, there is a danger of getting swept away by the wide vistas and forever staying on the surface while neglecting the details that the path entails.

Perhaps it is simply a matter of personalities. Some people may start off broad, loose and new-agey and then develop deep practice and discipline without losing an intuitive intimation of the overarching simplicity and commonality hinted at by the great mystics. Others may start off strict and narrow and through sincere dedicated practice loosen their grip and broaden their outlook in a genuine appreciation of the commonality within the diversity of spiritual paths.

Like with everything it is simple a matter of balance, I think. Aware of our tendencies we work on developing a balanced approach to practice. The Middle Way.

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Its actually quite funny and ironic. I started this thread because I was pleased to see another thread get rescued from what i see as the treacle of good intention, only to see this this thread becoming treacly.. :rofl: I guess there is a moral here for me, when things are looking good dont mess with them by dwelling in either aversion or attraction, just move on PeterB :tongue: . its tempting i find to see threads and posts as one's children, but they are not. Even one's children are not really.. :smile: So, if what went out with a particular intention ends up as a water-cooler around which the like- minded can gather, then thats the nature of Anatta.

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Postby retrofuturist » Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:03 am

Greetings Tilt,

I think that's true but it's always worth remembering that people come to the Dhamma in different ways through different doors.

If people are standing in the new-agey fluffy doorway, do we wish to invite them in, or do we ask them to leave?

People are at where people are at... we need not expect commonality.

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"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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Greetings Tilt,

Agreed - well said.

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"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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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009


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