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SpinyNorman · It's still all old bollocks · Veteran

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  • Re: A question on learning methods and commitment

    @Kerome said: Have you all reached a point where you had to commit to a school or even a specific teacher and say, "this is where I get my stuff?" And learn mostly from books and teaching sessions thereafter?

    I spent a long time exploring different Buddhist schools, and it can be a confusing and frustrating process. At times nobody seems to agree about anything, and there is much to be taken on trust. On the other hand I have found it useful to get a sense of the big picture, and to understand that Buddhism is very diverse and pluralistic, much like Hinduism.

    I found Tibetan Buddhism too complicated, with too many bells and whistles, and talking in Clingon Tibetan was rather weird. I found Zen Buddhism too cryptic, and at times rather pretentious. I didn't like the Mahayana obsession with size, or the Vajyrana obsession with speed, and I got bored with the self-promoting rhetoric from some of these schools.
    Theravada was a reasonable compromise for me, and these days I have a very simple approach to practice, it is just satipatthana.

    KeromefedericalobsterDhammaDragonHozan
  • Re: Kate Bush is Awesome

    This is my favourite one:

    Hozan
  • Re: Utter Confusion.

    @Kerome said:
    I know some people who would say "very good! Utter confusion is the best state for studying Zen".

    It certainly confuses me. :p

    wojciech
  • Re: gods in buddhism

    For me Buddhist practice is about seeing things as they really are, and that invariably involves challenging comforting beliefs like "God".

    DhammaDragonHozanDakiniFosdick
  • Re: Fake Science

    The Neapolitan diet is more effective because it has less chocolate. :p

    Hozan