dude wrote: ↑Fri May 31, 2019 8:40 am
Your posts tell me you're advancing quickly. What you're doing, keep doing it.
I'm intrigued by your antipathy to the Lotus Sutra too, which, I think, is something that might be worth observing.
I share your frustration with the master-disciple thing. But fwiw, finding a bad teacher is worse that finding no teacher at all.
My aversion to the Lotus Sutra may be tied to how radically different it is from the texts I’m accustomed to. In the Theravada tradition, the Pali Canon is often touted, usually implicitly, but sometimes explicitly, as the definitive source for the authentic teachings of the Buddha. My doubts about this claim had already started, but it took some more reflection to learn how to approach the other Buddhist traditions with fairness. Reading Yoshiro Tamura and Mu Soeng was immensely helpful.
Living up to its title, the Diamond Cutter Sutra has had the most immediate and deepest impression on me. It made me rethink dualistic conventions, and consider the broader implications of anattā (anātmam). I’ve also connected with the Vimalakirti Sutra, which, in part, colorfully illustrates the compatibility of the lay and spiritual life. That all being said, I haven’t abandoned the Lotus Sutra. I will give it another look in the future.
From how things are karmically aligning, I feel like I’m being guided to Chan, which, surprisingly, has ties with Pure Land, the other tradition that I have an interest in. There are communities that integrate the practices
of both of these traditions.
I appreciate your support as I fought to find my place on this new path.