Why did you choose Theravada?

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:21 am

i dont have any names to give anyone but about 100 or so years ago nobody existed, no jesus, no buddha etc, at least as far as trends in academic circles were concerned. this has since changed but i wouldnt be scared to bet that in certain circles these ideas still linger. so trike's statement probably isnt too far off depending on what youre reading.
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Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby pink_trike » Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:55 am

Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby PeterB » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:58 am

Pink Trike, before posting this I have thought carefully about it, and whether to post it at all, but I think it would be a cop out not to. I simply do not know what draws you to a Theravada forum. As far as I am concerned you are most welcome to read to respond etc,. but I dont see what is in it for you. You clearly take a fundamentally different different view of that which is the raison d'etre of this forum from most Theravadin Buddhists, and you clearly need to convey that with every post. It is unlikely that you will modify the views of those who have worked through these issues and arrived at a different conclusion to yours, so why do you have this apparantly compulsive need to constantly be seen to disagree ? Even on this thread which asks why choose Theravada, you clearly feel the need to attempt to dominate it with your views concerning why you dont. Why ?

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:13 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:21 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby Cafael Dust » Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:32 pm

Pink Trike:

I agree with you on the Buddha-existing thing, though the debate doesn't interest me.

However, on the Lotus Sutra... look, I know a little about shamanism and reading texts in altered states; I am a poet after all. Don't think what you're saying is revelatory.

But if you can call up those states, try reading this, because it's good, deep, wise, powerful, compassionate, well-wrought. All the things the Lotus is not:

http://www.angelfire.com/tn/plath/ariel.html
Not twice, not three times, not once,
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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:24 pm

Hi Dan,
new thread on its way in seconds


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby Fede » Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:33 pm

"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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