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What tradition (if any) do you follow?

BunksBunks Australia Veteran

Hi all

Just curious to know the following about the regular folk who post on this site.

Reckon we've done this before but I am curious to know again.

  1. Do you consider yourself Buddhist?
  2. If no, what? Do you mix Buddhism with another religion?
  3. If yes, what tradition(s) do you primarily follow?

I'll start...

  1. Yes
  2. N/A
  3. Pure Land Buddhism with a sprinkling of Theravadan


  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran
    edited April 29
    1. I consider myself a seeker with strong buddhist leanings. I’m reluctant to call myself a Buddhist really because my ideas and commitments are not mainly buddhist.

    2. I’ve become more a perennialist over the past two years, that is, I believe that all traditions and religions contain a core of the same feeling and goal. Primarily I look at Advaita Vedanta and Taoism as well as Buddhism.

    3. My buddhism goes primarily to Thai Forest Theravada and Vietnamese Zen (Thich Nhat Hanh), although I am planning a visit to Dzogchen because I’ve heard it is very similar to Advaita Vedanta.

    I’ve found Samaneri Jayasara’s YouTube channel to have been right up my street. She tackles a range of traditions in a perennialist way which I find very appealing.

  • KotishkaKotishka Veteran

    Hi Bunks,

    1. Yes.
    2. Thai Forest Tradition & Zen.

    Both schools I see as complementary. While the Thai Forest is very direct with "simple, crispy clear instructions", the Zen school does give me a few insights which, while challenging and mind boogling, have aided the first ones practice, and viceversa. The discipline stressed by the Thai Forest Tradition has been essential to even be able to practice shikantaza. What I miss sometimes is maybe a sangha that shares the same time-zone and geography to discuss and talk.

    Lanzarote has two Buddhist centres, both Gelug. Don't know if it is better to frequent them to have some contact or if it is better not to keep mixing the ingredients in the mind's pot and also, potentially, disturb others practice as I have no intention to practice Vajrayana. They say Buddhism without a teacher can become like a messy garden. You attend the front display and let certain weeds proliferate and then adjust them to your needs, which at the end can hinder the path.

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    That’s interesting @Kotishka, I started out by studying at a Gelug temple. I found them to be very hospitable and good places to learn the basics, although not very focussed on practice outside of the monastic circle. There were puja’s you could attend but there wasn’t any meditative sitting.

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    1: Yes
    2: I'm keen on some aspects of Mahayana, and I find myself occasionally harking back to Catholicism - not always in a good way, more of a critique - it was after all, a habit of a lifetime...
    3: Probably Theravadin, but I'm open to other aspects and views...

  • ShanJieshi2ShanJieshi2 bahia blanca Veteran
    Do you consider yourself Buddhist?

    If no, what? Do you mix Buddhism with another religion?
    If yes, what tradition(s) do you primarily follow?
    Ch'an actually

  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Veteran
    edited April 29
    1. Yes
    2. No, unless nature-worship counts
    3. Tendai and Chán

    I used to be more hotly persuant of Tendai Buddhism. I've found Chán to be a more accomodating path, almost like it's "default Buddhism." There are no big expectations that you'll have to pin your life, rhetorically-speaking, to any one set of sūtras or śāstras, the teachers are often more open-minded and less doctrinaire, etc. I don't regret my time spent in Tendai training at all. The abbot of the temple I visit, Cham Shan, has a dharma transmission associated with the Tendai sect too, so I haven't wandered far.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    1. I am barely Hunuman Human but I do aspire to BuddhaHoodiness o:)
    2. I mix up everything. I consider Jains, Hindus and Sikhs as almost Dharma Sisters, brothers and cousins. I like Sufi and Gnostic Christianity. I practice yoga and pray to the great Sky Cod God
    3. My primary Buddhist traditions are Zenith shikantaza, vajrayana and lately hinayana Theravada.
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    1. Yes & No
    2. Taoism & Zen
    3. The Tao/Way of Buddha Dharma...
      I guess going with the flow of what tickles my fancy.. I'm partial to Theravadin Mahayana Vajayana, and Banana ....

    Thus have I heard ...All roads lead to Rome...well eventually..

  • personperson Don't believe everything you think the liminal space Veteran

    I do consider myself a Buddhist

    I started my Buddhism with a heavy dose of Gelug Tibetan Buddhism for many years, then drifted away and when I came back to it I had changed enough that many things about it no longer appealed to me. I then spent a couple years with a western Theravada group but also was allergic to certain aspects. So now I practice a mishmash of mainly western Theravada with a healthy mix of modern positive psychology/spirituality. I'm on my own path now, away from any group, I listen to a few hours of Buddhist and psychology podcasts while working to keep connected.

  • SuraShineSuraShine South Australia Veteran

    Hi all,

    1 -Yes, not a "good" one, but a Buddhist all the same.
    2 - I was born and raised Catholic and it does flavour my Buddhism. The first book I ever read was "Living Buddha, Living Christ" and then "Awakening The Buddha Within" TNH heavily influences my practice, as does Lama Surya Das and I follow both their accounts on Instagram.
    3 - I am a mix of Tibetan and Zen as I consider TNH and Lama Surya Das my teachers. I have also undergone Green Tara Empowerment and took formal Boddhisattva vows last year. I found it profound and highly meaningful to me.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @Jeffrey said:
    2 - I feel caution to look for syncretism. I get too much in my head and need to go into physical exertion.

    Ah ha! Flexibility. Physical exertion is all around us. Very real, intense and modifying. For example my resident elderly fell on the top of the steep steps today with only a mad lobster to pull her up. Luckily screaming and swearing for help brought her up. She is safely in bed having dementia nightmares.

    Physical pain, intense trauma, respond well to counter irritants such as Buddhist Prostrations, speed walking or even 'will movement' overcoming stagnating emotion with will power/exertion.

    All practice. <3

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @lobster said:
    For example my resident elderly fell on the top of the steep steps today with only a mad lobster to pull her up.

    @lobster you do good work, and bring a smile to this little world while doing it.

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