Khalil Bodhi wrote:Hello All,
I practice primarily with teachers in the Theravada tradition and am pretty much firmly committed to the Dhamma-vinaya as presented in the Theravadin diaspora. Nonetheless, I have always been impressed by texts such as the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, the Bodhicaryavatara and practices such as tonglen. I guess what I am trying to figure out is if there are teachers who would be willing to work with someone who is unable or (maybe) unwilling to take on the entire Vajrayana and Mahayana package. In short, I don't believe I have what it takes to aspire to Buddhahood but I find the attitudes high-lighted and developed in the various treatises on mind-training to be excellent tools to cultivate the brahma-viharas perhaps all the way to release and, failing that, at least make my life one well lived and not wasted. lease note that I'm not looking for argument or debate, just some guidance so forgive me if I have offended anyone through my inability to articulate my meaning.
Konchog1 wrote:I'm afraid you will have to choose at some point. By all means, practice Theravada and study Mahayana. But you're practice will either be Theravada with Mahayana as a supplement or Mahayana with Theravada as a supplement. The reason why its one or the other is that any practice without Bodhicitta is not Mahayana and any practice with Bodhicitta is Mahayana.
Khalil Bodhi wrote:In short, I don't believe I have what it takes to aspire to Buddhahood but I find the attitudes high-lighted and developed in the various treatises on mind-training to be excellent tools to cultivate the brahma-viharas perhaps all the way to release and, failing that, at least make my life one well lived and not wasted.
Khalil Bodhi wrote:All of which is to say that it looks as though I will simply use these works as inspirations to my own practice and take from them what I can without worrying too much about points of doctrine. Sukhi hotu!
kirtu wrote:The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind from Samsara are universal. There are slightly different presentations between Sakya and everyone else but these thoughts are precious human birth, impermanence and the inevitability of death, karma and the sufferings of samsara. These four thoughts contemplated in detail again and again can revolutionize a Buddhist's spiritual life.
Another thing to consider is an adaptation of Buddhanature - enlightenment is actually quite close if we really work toward it. In the Theravadin tradition this means that Arahanthood is really quite close, something that I have seen several Theravadin's basically deny. But within a handful of lifetimes one could attain Stream Entry and then the story is more or less over within seven lifetimes. A point in favor of this view is I think Bhante Gunaratana who urges his student's to attain Stream Entry or the weaker near Stream Entry in this lifetime.