Posted by wahyin (126.96.36.199) on April 21, 2000 at 21:03:14:
In Reply to: Re: In Defense of The Teacher-less "not really buddhists" Buddhists posted by Grace on April 20, 2000 at 01:49:39:
: I am one of those you speak of in your post. It is very depressing to me to read a post telling me I am not a Buddhist because I do not have access to a teacher or a Sangha in the physical sense. I do the things you do....read, follow the 4 Noble Truths and meditate. I try every day to live the teachings of Buddha the best I can. I live a long distance from the nearest Buddhist Center. I am not able physically to drive this distance on a regular basis and have no one willing to drive me there. So should I abandon my desire to live as a Buddhist? What would the Dhali Lama say to someone like me? Would he discourage me from my spiritual path? I don't think so. His great compassion for others would not allow him to instill this idea into my heart. That it is hopeless for me to try to continue as a Buddhist unless I can conform to these "rules". I find this very difficult to believe that this is what Buddhism wants those of us so new to it to feel. I certainly need some encouragement regarding this statement. Can anyone respond on this issue?
I strongly support your views. Do not be disturbed
how people address us whether we are Buddhist or not
From my experiences, Amitabha Buddha and Bodhisattva
Avalokitesvara and many many other funny scenes did
appears for me to see during and after my meditations
whenever I recite "Namo Amitabha" every
night before I go to sleep. I normally recites the
name of Buddha Amitabha 1,000 times with my rosary
beads and I know I found it is very true. I also do
the Namo Amitabha name recitations after I woke up.
It's really wonderful. But sometimes, scary things
also appears. Just recite and do not bother whatever
appears. There are all illusions. Be firm and steady
in our recitations.
Don't worry what people posts or says in the net.
"Namo Buddhaya" refers to all Buddhas.
"Namo Dhammaya" refers to all teachings of the Buddha.
"Namo Sanghaya" refers to all Bodhisattvas right down to people like you and me.
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