Going to temple

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Going to temple

Postby JackV » Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:37 pm

Do you think in the West it is neccesary to go to temple?

Our culture is different from the east and as such the lay community and monastic do not have the same reciprocal relationship. One can meditate and consult forums such as this should they encounter problems/issues etc.

I am not suggesting this as a course of action or saying we shouldn't, I'm simply curious.

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Re: Going to temple

Postby Ruralist » Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:03 pm

"Let monkeys be monkeys without getting emotionally involved. Peace can be born within you because you know the way monkeys are. Knowing the manner of monkeys, you will let go and be at peace, not getting tied up in monkey business." Ven. Ajahn Chah

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Re: Going to temple

Postby Claudia » Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:18 pm

To me it is always very special when I go to the temple and see my teacher there.
After a visit at the temple, I always feel inspired and it confirms my confidence. I feel so happy that we have a temple not too far away from us.
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Re: Going to temple

Postby chownah » Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:30 pm

In the Buddha's time there weren't any Buddhist temples....guess they are optional...
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Re: Going to temple

Postby Jhana4 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:55 pm

I'm working on my 7th year of meditating every day without a day missed. For about the first 5 years I meditated completely on my own.

I find going to a Vihara to sit with others inspiring and I occasionally learn things from others that I would not on an internet forum. IMHO, having Viharas and a modernized (sans superstitions and dated vinya rules ) Sangha of nuns and monks would be a worthy thing for Western Theravada Buddhists to have.
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Re: Going to temple

Postby Nicro » Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:37 pm

It probably depends on you local Vihara. The one in my town I didn't feel to comfortable in. Most of the laypeople were nice, all Thai and only a few spoke English. One lady yelled at me when I first arrived which threw me off a bit but then the other people were nice and she became nicer.

The monks is what kind of ruined it for me though. They were all sitting around in the living room(its a converted house) and were watching TV shows. None of them spoke English so one lady was having to translate for me. Only one monk had any interest in talking to me, and it turned out that he did meditate(he was visiting from Thailand) and I had a short conversation with him.

The place seemed more like a cultural center though.

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Re: Going to temple

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:15 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Going to temple

Postby PeterB » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:00 am

I'll take that as a "no" then.

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Re: Going to temple

Postby Monkey Mind » Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:02 am

5 years ago I would have said "no". Recorded Dhamma talks, English translations of suttas and a meditation cushion was as good as any temple filled with its archaic statues and monastics with their rites and rituals.

These days I am impressed (enamored) with how clever and wise these monks and nuns are, or often seem to be. Asking questions directly of the Sangha-that-has-practiced-well has resolved a lot of my Wrong View.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: Going to temple

Postby pilgrim » Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:52 am

I go to the temple almost once every week for most part of the year for the last 2 decades. Most of the time there are no monks there, but I enjoy the Dhammic environment, the opportunity to bow before the Buddha image, the group puja with like-minded individuals, to catch the Dhamma talk given by fellow lay-Buddhists. to participate and co-organise events for the local community. I find setting aside that 2- 3 hours a week to be very worthwhile.

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Re: Going to temple

Postby DarwidHalim » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:03 am

I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!


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