Malcolm wrote: ↑Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:14 pm
FiveSkandhas wrote: ↑Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:53 pm
So much of lay Buddhism revolves around merit and hopes for a better reincarnation, this-worldly benefits, or filial piety such as to transfer merit to deceased relatives and ancestors, etc. It may be shortsighted but it's a motivation for millions.
It’s also not Dharma practice.
The BuddhaDharna is like a great ocean.
Some people go to the ocean and just sit on the beach, watching the waves roll in.
Others wade up to their ankles, while others swim further.
Then there are those who surf, or navigate boats and fish, or cross the water on great ships.
And some plunge the depths in scuba gear and submarines.
But can you say that any one of these people has a more valid
experience of the ocean than the other one?
I think it’s fair to say that these days, in the west, while there are many “deep-sea diving” Dharma students, particularly within Vajrayana, whose aim is to escape samsaric rebirth, that there are many more people who simply want to live life with some kind of ethics and compassion, and have turned to Buddhism as the source for that, whether they’ve taken refuge or not. They have a couple of books by HH Dalai Lama, or maybe Thich Nhat Hanh, spend a few minutes a day trying to be mindful, or even meditating, and they apply that to their own lives, where they are now, according to where their own karma has brought them up to this point.
Buddhist teachings are practiced one way or another by lots of non-buddhists, thank goodness.
An inward outlook develops outward insight.