I am aware that this is a Theravadin forum, I have questions

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I am aware that this is a Theravadin forum, I have questions

Postby smokey » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:31 pm

Firstly I would like to say that there is an excellent Ch'an Dharma Center "Dharmaloka" in Zagreb(capital city of Croatia) whch is not far from me, about 50+ kilometers. I am planning to go there in a couple of months. Teacher is Chan Master Žarko Andričević who received the Dharma transmission from Shifu Sheng Yen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheng-yen
Now, regarding my questions. How much difference is there between meditation in Theravada and Mahayana tradition. I have learned on this forum and Lama Shenpen Rinpoche has confirmed me via skype as well that Jhana/Dhyana is practiced within Mahayana and Vajrayana Traditions even although wikipedia claims otherwise (I guess wikipedia is not reliable). I am wondering as to the four foundations of mindfulness, they are also practiced in Mahayana tradition?

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I am considering to switching to Mahayana Buddhism. Would you guys and girls reccommend it?

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Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:32 am

Greetings Smokey,

I would recommend sending venerable Paññāsikhara a PM pointing him in the direction of this topic. I believe he is well qualified to answer your questions.

Metta,
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Postby tiltbillings » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:10 am

Might the grass be greener?

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Postby jcsuperstar » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:45 am

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Postby PeterB » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:16 am

My own view is that until circumstances change for you, as circumstances always do, you would be better off sticking to on line Theravada Sangha.
In the meantime if you could travel to a Vipassana retreat it would be in my view be useful to you.

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Postby smokey » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:26 am

I have decided even before I read your answers to my questions that I will not switch to Mahayana, but it would be great to go to that Dharma Center I talked about. There are no Theravadin Centers except the Goenka's 10-day retreat, but I am in search of a teacher that would teach me all about Dhamma-Vinaya.

I am just a simple guy in search of the Ultimate Truth with regard to the Nature of Reality and cessation of suffering for others and me.

Metta -smokey

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Postby smokey » Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:37 pm

I would like to thank you all for your support. :anjali:

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Postby PeterB » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:13 pm

Depends what you mean by "affiliated" Dukkhanirodha. The Goenka system is in my view more sympatico to the Theravada than to any other group.

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Postby PeterB » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:45 pm

Quite so. And at it best and purest and away from cultural accretions I think that The Theravada would be not different to that. I think that is also the message of Ajahn Chah or Ajahn Buddhadasa.

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