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I've been kind of a "kitchen sink" Buddhist for a few years now. I've explored the practices of Tibetan Buddhism, Zen, and Theravada, without really settling in completely in any one of them. I've gone to many local sanghas and felt most at home in the Zen Priory and the Kagyu center. I mostly practice alone.
I sit zazen and do a lot of practices taught by Henepola Gunaratana in his books, such as mindfulness of breath, walking meditation, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and metta. I also practice tong len.
Towards the end of the year, the Ven. Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche will be offering a beginner's teaching in November and a refuge and Chenrezig empowerment in December.
Is this the kind of thing you can do when you're kind of uncertain and wavering, or should you be really firm in knowing "Yes, Tibetan Buddhism is for me"?
I don't know much about this particular teacher, but the info was sent out by a local lama I've met and have a lot of respect for. They've impressed on me the rarity of this opportunity
I suppose I've just never done any kind of formal thing like this before. I don't want to be insincere or "do it wrong" somehow by having such a mix of practices like 100 shallow wells instead of one deep one. I also don't want to miss what could be a catalyst for practice just because of lack of confidence.
Thanks for your input!
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I've avoided taking formal refuge for a while now.
I think I was avoiding giving up the control that never committing to a path affords.
You can always just go do something else!
But Buddhism has been tremendously beneficial so far, even if I haven't chosen a specific type of practice.
Even just saying "Buddhism" instead of "Buddhism and maybe Christianity in the distant future and maybe..." made me anxious.
I'm looking forward to it, though.
A friend of mine curious about Buddhism is going to join me for the beginner's talk that Rinpoche will be giving a few days before the refuge.
I never pass up a good beginner's talk
Thanks for the input, both of you
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