Re: Open Discussion: Are Some Teachings or Methods Better Than Others?


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Posted by David on December 08, 1998 at 06:50:17:

In Reply to: Re: Open Discussion: Are Some Teachings or Methods Better Than Others? posted by alan on December 07, 1998 at 19:41:00:

Hi Alan,

I agree, Buddhism as a collection of courses of study is the best way for it to be. Not every person want to walk the same way. Just like there are many kinds of yoga for many kinds of people.

I also, smiling, enjoyed what you said about how careful we have to be about the information we get from people. I have also at times become somewhat disillusioned with communication since even with sincere good intentions misunderstanding often occurs, and how much more when the motivations of the speaker are secret or decietful. I believe you were also getting at that it may be best to function on what we know for ourselves and treat the rest as something to chew on. I hope I understood you correctly.

Also, the "encompass all" kind of school, just becomes another school, eh? Different from the the rest as much as the others were already different from each other.

This weekend I picked up three friends from the airport after they returned from a seven day meditation retreat. I was reading the Majjhima Nikaya (Theravada middle length suttas) and one of the people noticed I was reading Theravada Suttas and told me, and I qoute, "Mahayana is better than Theravada..." and that only through Mahayana canone become a Buddha. I practice Mahayana, but this sort of thing disturbs me. Later, last night, I was reading Thich Nhat Hanh's new book (Mahayana) and found at one point that I was reading the Majjhima Nikaya teachings. I do not know what to think of all this really, that's why I want to know what others have found from study and experience.

Any more ideas? Anybody?

David


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