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Questions, Questions, Questions...

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Bluishpurple
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Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby Bluishpurple » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:18 pm

2 questions I need to ask. Firstly, where I live appears to be around 40 miles away from any Theravada Sangha's or meditation groups/teachers. There are however quite a lot of Tibetan meditation groups within travelling distance for me, would it be okay for me to attend a meditation and dhamma discussion session with some Tibetan buddhists? I feel as if it might be a faux pas to say the least, it seems somewhat dishonest...

Secondly, I'm considering attending a weekend vipassana retreat, what is it I should look for when selecting somewhere to go?

Thank you

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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby Goofaholix » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:45 pm

You should attend those local groups if only to see what they're like and to see if you fit in and feel comfortable. Just because you consider yourself Theravadin doesn't mean you can't attend other groups or see value in other practices, it's not as if you have to attend a Theravadin library or buy your fish and chips at a Theravadin chip shop from now on either. If anybody asks you can tell them you have Theravadin leanings no problem.

For a weekend retreat look for something run by a group or teaching lineage you know a bit about or somebody has recommended.

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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby Dan74 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:39 am

From my limited experience one of the main differences between the groups is the actual person of the teacher and their lineage.

Some Tibetan groups may be very well disposed towards Theravada and may actually engage in anapanasati. Others may look down on you and do very different practices. Others again may be friendly but you find no affinity for what they practice.

Best to check it out.

That said if it is one of the newfangled New Kadampa groups best to stay away.
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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby cooran » Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:54 am

Hello BP,

Check out this website and maybe email or telephone any group that seems worthwhile near you:
http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/country.php?country_id=76

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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby Bluishpurple » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:30 am

Thanks for the responses guys, I will attend one of the groups. Is there any reason why I should stay away from the New Kadampa groups in particular?

And thank you for that link cooran but I'd already poached it from another thread :) it's how I know about the Tibetan groups close by


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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby rowyourboat » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:57 am

I'm sure you can find a Goenka vipassana center nearby! Noting impermanence with the body sensations can be very helpful.

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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby Bluishpurple » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:49 pm

Unfortunately the only Goenka centre within realistic travelling distance only has courses for experienced people listed

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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby Dan74 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:12 pm

_/|\_

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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby Fede » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:32 am

And as it seems the Dalai Lama is giving up on Politics, things may develop in different directions now, here, too.....
"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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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby PeterB » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:40 am

Possibly Fede...it is well known that the Dalai Lama's main tutor was himself a Shugden devotee...
The schism is recent, and stems from a prophecy from the State Oracle.... who many believe was being paid by the Chinese to foment dissonance.

Wheels within wheels....'twas ever thus around the Vajrayana.

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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby Ben » Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:18 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.
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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby Bluishpurple » Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:58 pm

Thank you Ben, I think I'm going to have to make the trip down to the Dhamma Dipa centre :)

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Re: Questions, Questions, Questions...

Postby PeterB » Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:10 pm

Strongly recommended Bluishpurple.


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