I have a sneaking suspicion that many of my friends are secretly Buddhist Fundamentalists; are you?
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- seems to me that this discussion is happening on more than one level. (1) can we trust the teachings, (2) what is necessary to be Buddhist, (3) how does one develop the needed skills without following one or another tradition?
Is not part of the reality that we are walking a path of constant contradiction?
Buddha taught that trust was earned not demanded and that we should question everything and yet if we do not trust we will never start
There is very little needed to actually be a Buddhist if you understand that means that a Buddhist is simply on the path. There is a great deal needed if you believe that it takes a solid grounding in his teachings that stretched over @ 40 years.
To paraphrase an old monk it is great that there are multiple faiths and traditions in the world but to make spiritual progress it is usually best to stay on one path.Nov 11, 2012
- I believe that limiting yourself to one tradition rules out necessary investigation, the Buddha tried all sorts of ascetic practices until he carved his niche.Nov 11, 2012
- and a wise one pointed out that you can discover the entire universe in your backyard if you know how and where to look.Nov 11, 2012
- You wouldn't limit yourself to only seeing the blades of grass, while the dirt and rocks are there too.Nov 11, 2012
- probably not but I do need a focal point.Nov 11, 2012
- Ha ha well put! : )Nov 11, 2012