Posted by Edvard (220.127.116.11) on April 21, 2000 at 23:49:48:
In Reply to: In Defense of The Teacher-less "not really buddhists" Buddhists posted by Rochelle on April 19, 2000 at 13:38:34:
Rochelle, I can understand your situation. I haven't got the chance to read all replies to your postings...but I have the feeling that you are not alone. I talked to Buddhists who had taken refuge in the Triple Gems formally, they have connection to either a Buddhist group or community, what I'm told is that one does need to take refuge formally in order to take on any practices, especially meditation...I feel rather frustrated with that. However, I met a Theravada teacher who taught a really good meditation method, so I asked him whether I have to have a teacher to practice the meditation or not, he said it would be better, but as long as my understanding in Buddhism is good enough I can practice on my own without having a teacher. Recently I've just found that in my city there's a Buddhist group teaching Sunlun type of Vipassana meditation, I asked the teacher whether one needs to be a Buddhist to learn the meditation or not, and the answer was actually Buddhist methods are for everyone, even one is not Buddhist he/she can practice the method and get the benefits...
Somehow I've got the feeling that the Theravada school is more open then the Tantric school in this aspect...
Lots of support.
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