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Comfort or Truth?
I might be looking way too much into what you wrote, but why does it have to be "faffing around"? Why not simply different practices which work for different people? I don't see how meditation is an inherently superior practice. After all, couldn't something like chanting simply be "loud meditation"?I don't know about others, but I feel non-meditation practices work better for me. Whether such practices are chanting mantras, cultivating compassion, good works, or even intellectual stimulation via reading.That may be true until such time you are ready to stop 'faffing about' . . . which is one of the reasons book learning for intensive trainees (monks) might be temporarily off limit. There is a steep learning curve with meditation, after a few years it gets harder but you don't mind so much . . .
Most of the world is the position of 'faffing about', it is a uniquely human tendency. In a sense we have to realise that intellectual 'wisdom' or a little mind calming is all most people want or require. Not all of us are like that or will always be like that . . .
Hope that was not too harsh or crazy talkNo more than what you usually write.
Oh my, I guess you didn't. I don't know why, but I swore I thought I saw "lineage" somewhere in your post.The two in my area are a Thai Theravada monastery and a Vietnamese Mahayana (Zen and Pureland) temple.Did I say 'lineage' in my post?
When you say "lineage", I'm assuming you practice Vajrayana?