559Re: New Member and Questions
- Nov 3, 2003Go back to the basics-the foundational beliefs of the eightfold path.
Most of the Great vehicle practices which you describe differ only in
the technics used in bringing about the understanding of emptiness
and selfless ness, but your guideline as to what is essential
buddhism lay in the basics. In so much as in christianity with the
Apostolic creed, which (rightly or wrongly) give the foundational
beliefs common by which one can adjudicate pure christian faith, so
it can be said that the eightfold path, the teachings of emptiness
and selflessness will be your distinguishing measure of the original
teaching from the hybrid and extraneous.
Again, the various branches are tecnics to bring about an integrated
realization of buddhist truth-zen by introspection, Pure land by the
vehicle of faith, Tibetan practices by mind exercises of
viualizations and of vocalizations. All have their merit, and it is
more the process of exploration to find that practice for which you
are suited. beware of any exclusivism! Anyone touting that they have
THE WAY to the exclusion of other means and other teachers is
probably in it for the money or the ego fluff.
--- In Buddhism_101@yahoogroups.com, kleelibby@w... wrote:
> My name is Karen, and I live in west central Florida. I have had an
> interest in Buddhism for many years, have read several books, and
> yesterday attended a lecture at the local library.
> I came away from the lecture a little confused. I have heard of Zen
> Buddhism, and the group presenting yesterday spoke of Nichiren
> It seems to me that there are many different types of Buddhism.
> I determine which is right for me? I have been invited to a weekly
> meeting at a member's home this Wednesday, and hope that it will be
> appropriate for me to ask questions at that time.
> Thanks for any assistance and information.
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