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Attitudes towards our Teacher — Lord Buddha

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Stiphan
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Attitudes towards our Teacher — Lord Buddha

Postby Stiphan » Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:16 pm

So far, I am aware of four essential, positive attitudes that we, the disciples of Lord Buddha, should possess towards him:

1. Worship, respect, revere, venerate, esteem, honour and pay homage to the Buddha
2. Have faith, conviction, confidence and trust in him
3. Love, adore, and admire him
4. Be in union with and associate with him, and engage with him as friends and not as opponents


Could anything be added to this list?

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Re: Attitudes towards our Teacher — Lord Buddha

Postby Jhana4 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:18 pm

I was at a sutta reading a few weeks ago where the Sri Lankan monk giving it encouraged us to question what was said.

I think that is a good quality.

The Buddha was just a man, not a "Lord" ( an English word ). His teachings were not written down until several hundred years after his death. The teachings also come to us through a filter of 2600 years, multiple cultures, possibly mistaken interpretations and the self interests of many, many people.

I think an attitude of respect, while having a questioning, critical, but open mind is a great Buddhist quality to keep.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Attitudes towards our Teacher — Lord Buddha

Postby cooran » Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:53 pm

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Attitudes towards our Teacher — Lord Buddha

Postby Kusala » Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:40 pm

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Attitudes towards our Teacher — Lord Buddha

Postby Kare » Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:42 am

Mettāya,
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