Buckwheat wrote:I still meditate, and I look more or less like a Buddhist to outsiders.
david.sojourn wrote:I once practiced Zen, and Thai Forest tradition, but then I let them all go.
I created my own way, then I let that go too.
It works better, because No-Way seems to be the best way for me.
But what do I know.
Sometimes I still miss the toilet when I'm thinking too hard and I try to take a pee.
So I wouldn't take my word for anything.
Sambojjhanga wrote:I'm curious why so many people seem to have an affinity for the Thai Forest Tradition? I have a great affinity for this tradition as well, especially the Dhammayut sect.
There are a few reasons which I will state. ...
lyndon taylor wrote:For men, the question is not whether or not we miss the toilet sometimes, but whether or not we expect someone else to clean it up for us!!! responsibility.....
There appears to be huge differences between cultures in elimination positions, especially regarding urination. What we found most startling is that the respective urination positions for men and women that we take for granted in modern society appear to at least historically been reversed! For example, Herodotus claimed that in Egypt, “women stand erect to make water, the men stoop.” In Ireland, “the men discharge their urine sitting; the women standing.” Among Muslims, at least historically, both genders “squat to defecate and urinate.” And European women, until quite recently, would often stand up to urinate, as their clothing almost dictated that position, and they could do so quite discreetly. Finally, many women today, because of the lack of cleanliness in public facilities, will not sit on the toilet seat to urinate, and instead either hover or stand up.
Choden wrote:I don't turn down either the study of Mahayana. I am curious to see if it's really a heresy as some say.
paul wrote:Mahayana believes that samsara and Nibbana are ultimately one, whereas Theravada has the view of duality, where even for the Buddha and the arahants, samsara and Nibbana are always separate. Spiritual seekers commonly assume that the highest spiritual teaching must be the one which posits a metaphysical unity, but this doesn't correspond to the suffering of actual existence. The merging of techniques grounded in incompatible conceptual frameworks is fraught with risk, so practice should be confined to the one vehicle.
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