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Postby Vidyaraja » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:02 pm

I am not sure if this belongs in this forum or not, but I was wondering if I could ask the members of this forum three questions that I think will make for an interesting discussion as well a means for myself or others to discover new texts to read or subjects to study. My three questions are:

1) Why did you choose or what led you to being attracted to Mahayana (or Vajrayana) over Theravada?

2) Why did you choose the particular school of Mahayana that you associate with over the others?

3) What scriptures or traditional Buddhist writings have been most influential to you overall? This of course includes all sutras, tantras, the Pali Cannon, and texts like the Record of Linji....pretty much all non-modern/academic works.

Thanks

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Re: Survey

Postby alisun » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:14 pm

To be honest I am not very familiar with the 3 main types of Buddhism. I have been reading up on it and I probably gravitate toward one of the 3 traditions. I'm actually a student of the Shambhala teachings and I am not sure where that would fall on the spectrum. Or perhaps it is just fringe. Regardless, I find this site helpful for my practice and complementary to the Shambhala teachings.

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Postby Ayu » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:46 pm

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Postby PadmaVonSamba » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:32 am

1. I was attracted to all Chinese & Japanese things when I was a kid.
I loved watching the cartoon adventures of Hashimoto Mouse on TV when I was about 3 years old:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiMTeJ7YO5g

and read a book of short Zen stories when I was 11, which influenced me a lot. later I realized that many of the things I thought about very early on as a kid was "buddhist" stuff, such as the idea that things are only what we think they are because of arising conditions.

2. I chose Vajrayana because it was what was available. A lama came to town. So, kind of random. But I was very happy to at last be able to take refuge (formally join the Buddhist path).

3. Most influential text: "On Believing in Mind":
http://www.mendosa.com/way3.htm (I don't know why it is posted on a Diabetes website, but okay)

also, Diamond Sutra.
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Postby randomseb » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:49 am

1 and 2. I haven't chosen so much as it worked out towards mayahana by virtue of first exploring patriarchal zen, as this was what was available at the small local library, after my initial introduction to buddhism, in the form of that movie Little Buddha, that one with Kenu Reeves as the buddha,that happened to play on tv one night.

So in this way the path chose me, not the other way around.

3. Texts, the big main texts of each of the patriarchs of early chinese zen, the diamond sutra by virtue of it being included in the platform sutra of 6th patriarch Master Hui-neng, the treatise of Hui Hai (A Treatise on the Essential Gateway to Truth by Means of Instantaneous Awakening)

Basically the texts of everyone listed here: http://www.selfdiscoveryportal.com/ChanMasters.htm

Followed by the Threefold Lotus Sutra and various misc sutras later on

Now i am settling into studying tibetan texts in preparation for extended full time practice, so Vajrayana it is.. Ultimately its not so different, it seems so far

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Postby LastLegend » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:44 am

NAMO AMITABHA
NAM MO A DI DA PHAT (VIETNAMESE)
NAMO AMITUOFO (CHINESE)

Bodhidharma [my translation]
―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―

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Re: Survey

Postby steveb1 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:46 am

vidyaraja wrote:

"1) Why did you choose or what led you to being attracted to Mahayana (or Vajrayana) over Theravada?"

Mahayana seemed to be the natural evolution and "flowering" of Theravada. Its boundless spiritual universe was extremely appealing.
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"2) Why did you choose the particular school of Mahayana that you associate with over the others?"

My school is Shin/Jodo Shinshu. I came to it by happening to read an essay by Shin scholar Jose Tirado:



I was impressed with his sensitivity and then went on to see what Shin practitioners were saying, I got started at Al Bloom's ShinDharmaNet and sampled a bunch of others. I find the Shin concept of Other Power to be particularly applicable to my "Bombu nature", my inability to successfully meditate and to perform the practices of those Shinran said are on "The Path of the Sages". Relying on Amida's Other Power made perfect sense to me, and seemed the perfect vehicle for Dharma-delivery.
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"3) What scriptures or traditional Buddhist writings have been most influential to you overall? This of course includes all sutras, tantras, the Pali Cannon, and texts like the Record of Linji....pretty much all non-modern/academic works."

The Collected Works of Shinran, the Tanissho.

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Re: Survey

Postby Ayu » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:54 am

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. -

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Postby Knotty Veneer » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:59 pm

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