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Why did you choose Theravada?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby Vardali » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:38 pm

Peter is asking, perhaps rightly so, what's in it for PT from posting on this forum.

While I couldn't even venture a guess, I would like to say, though, that I very much appreciate his posts.
Being an absolute beginner on Theravada groundwork, I find his pointers to pehaps looking at things from a different pespective very interesting and often thought-provoking. :)

And his disclaimer regarding him not being a relgious/orthodox practitioner is also clearly sated, so there is little risk of confusion there. So, I am grateful for his padticipation here.

Just my 0.02 Euro on OT comment, just to balance the "vibes" ... :D

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby poto » Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:00 am

As to the debate over the historical Buddha. I have a hard time believing that no historical Buddha existed.

For anybody interested in a bit of history, here's a link to a photo-tour of some ancient Buddhist sites in India:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travelogu ... adh-2.html

Which I initially discovered from a mention on Ven. Dhammika's blog:
http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/2009/12/t ... gadha.html

I found the photo-tour interesting and inspiring. Although, it's not solid proof of a historical Buddha, I do find it reassuring that so many of those ancient places which the Buddha is said to have frequented have been identified. Maybe some day I'll be able to tour those places and see them for myself. :D

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby BlackBird » Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:47 am

As to the debate over the historical Buddha. I have a hard time believing that no historical Buddha existed.

From the bits and bobs I have read of the Sutta Pitaka it's been clear to me that when all the stock passages are taken away this whole Dhamma really does seem to originate from one voice. I don't think I can even try to entertain doubts that the voice that discovered this Dhamma was indeed one who has known and seen the world and human condition for what it is. I cannot see another possibility :shrug:

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:56 am

Hi Jack
When you get some time, have a look around for Richard Gombrich's How Buddhism Began: the conditioned genesis of the early teachings. It'll be well worth your while.
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby BlackBird » Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:37 am

Hi Ben

Did an online search at Otago Uni library website and 11 of Gombrich's works are available for e-book download.
Woo hoo, guess where my weekend is going :D

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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby BlackBird » Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:51 am

Sorry to be a downer, but upon closer examination there's only three, one of such being the afformentioned work. Also requires my university account/pw to view.

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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:54 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby BlackBird » Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:57 am

Sounds good, we can crank up the volume on the stereo, put Metta sutta on full blat.

We havin' cookies and fizz? I can bring a cheesecake
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:02 am

Sure Jack
We're preparing some low key 'events' - so to speak!
More to follow!!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

(Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • •

e: [email protected]..

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby alan » Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:47 pm

Hi Ben.
That book looks like it would help answer a lot of my questions. However...
$150 US on Amazon.com.
ouch.

links, anyone?

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby catmoon » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:56 am

:focus:


Just to be different, I thought I'd throw in my 2 bits worth.

In response to the OP: I didn't.

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby chownah » Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:21 pm

In Russia Theravada chooses YOU.
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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby Sanghamitta » Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:40 pm

The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Why did you choose Theravada?

Postby dspiewak » Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:02 pm

I first learned about Buddhism through non-Theravada sources (books, magazines, etc.) and I always found the Zen approach appealing. When I met my first monk, however, he was in the Theravada tradition, and the type of meditation he taught was both totally workable and genuinely produced results. I have been observing with our town's small Theravada community ever since. Bodhisattvas, Pure Lands, Mahayana sutras, esoteric practices, and even Sanskrit to some extent now just seem utterly alien to me.

I realize that it's just personal preference. For some people, Zen or Pure Land or Nichiren might be ideal. I don't pretend that Theravada is better for every single person, but it is good for me. I like its emphasis on tradition, meditation, and its constant return to the basic formulas of the Dhamma. I think perhaps it just satisfies certain desires for me, until the day when I no longer have those desires.

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