Re: [Buddhism_101] Re: New To Group
- Hi Jody,Masons are the guys who built King Soloman's temple (3 times). Masons were the ones that built all the fine architecture in Europe. We study the universe. We are not a church and don't see the need. 19 U.S. Presidents were Masons. A very silent, but powerful organization. George Washington was a Mason. Google Freemasonry. UCLA offers a post grad history class about Masonry in America and the world. I suggest Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. Great read and very well researched. Bill W. stole the AA logo from Freemasonry. Dr. Bob Smith was a Mason.Metta,Deep Bows,DougFrom: Jody W. Ianuzzi <jody@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 9, 2011 6:03 PM
Subject: RE: [Buddhism_101] Re: New To GroupHi Doug,
Excuse my ignorance, I don't know much about the Masons, can you explain
more? Now the irony is that my mother's maiden name is Mason.
- Ken,Vietnamese Buddhism is regional and historical depending on which colonial power was attempting to control Vietnam. In the Delta region, Theravada is prevalent. Mahayana is in the north, when the Communists allow it. You can also find Zen from Japanese occupation. Thich Nhat Hanh follows Zen tradition. As you move to Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Burma, Theravada is the preferred tradition.Metta,Deep Bows,DougFrom: ken <gebser@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 9, 2011 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: [Buddhism_101] Re: New To GroupJody nailed it, IMO. Indeed, the one guru lama I've been learning from
for several years, though Tibetan himself, has lived in the US for quite
a few years now and adapts buddhism for Americans. And other teachers
I've learned from do this also. For instance, they understand that
Americans don't have a lot of free time and so can't make the same
commitments that people in other cultures make. There's some buddhist
proscription against dancing... this is pretty much ignored as are those
against having sex. The central aims-- attaining enlightenment and then
buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings by developing
compassion and wisdom-- are still there of course. Buddhism wouldn't be
buddhism without them.
So perhaps of greater importance than which tradition to follow is what
teachers are available where you live. Unless you live in a very large
metropolitan area, chances are you aren't going to have a lot of
choices. Eg., here in the Cleveland, Ohio area there are Gelugpa,
Japanese Zen, Cha'an (essentially Chinese Zen), and Nyingma. There's
also a Vietnamese buddhist temple here too, but I haven't visited it
yet, so don't know much about it. I don't understand the Vietnamese
language at all, so it really isn't an option for me anyway.
So though there are options in this town, it's not as if I can select a
tradition from the complete list and then begin practicing that sort of
buddhism. Well, if I didn't care about having a teacher, I could study
on my own out of books and writings from the web. But having a teacher
that you like, who is helpful to you, is very important in buddhism--
more important (in my experience and to my way of thinking) than the
particular tradition within buddhism.
As for picking a teacher, most of that depends on you. Give a teacher
some time. You can't really make snap judgments. Nor should you assume
that the one teacher you decide to go with will be your one and only
teacher forever. I just read that one of my teachers himself had 39 or
40 teachers. Frankly, that was surprising to me, but thinking about it
now, it seems to be a great aspect of buddhism.
On 07/09/2011 12:34 PM Jody W. Ianuzzi wrote:
> Hello Johanne's Mom,
> Ahhhh, I asked myself the same question. Which style of Buddhism is best
> for me. I was a member of a local Buddhist group which has since broken up
> because the teacher moved to NY. I asked him that question, which style is
> best and his answer was "Buddhism is Buddhism". It's like comparing the
> different types of Protestants, they are really all Christian at their core
> but they only take a small difference in their approach.
> As Buddhism traveled across the world, it changed by each culture that
> adopted it. The Tibetans added some Tibetan flare, the Chinese added Tao
> and Confucianism and the Japanese added Shinto. Each has it's own charm.
> As for me, when Buddhism traveled to America we should make it American
> Buddhism, not Tibetan or Japanese. These cultures have different traditions
> and we have ours too. Personally I think we should take a basic look at the
> teachings of the Buddha and we shouldn't worry about all the trappings. I
> think he would agree.
> There are so many good books out there. I love reading what the Dalai Lama
> has written but I don't consider myself a Tibetan Buddhist. He has such a
> warm honest approach to everything. You can find lots online too.
> Tricycle and BuddhaNet have great info and resources too. You can Google
> them or I can get the website addresses for you. dalailama.com has some
> great podcasts.
> Do you have Netflix? There are some great videos you can get. Seven Years
> in Tibet is a good one or just search for Buddhism or Buddhist.
> It's really all about basics. Things are what they are and it is our
> interpretation of them that gets us in trouble.
> Just my two cents.
"When a society comes together and makes decisions in harmony,
when it respects its most noble traditions, cares for its most
vulnerable members, treats its forests and lands with respect,
then it will prosper and not decline."
--Buddha, Mahaparinirvana Sutra
- Hello Doug,
Yes, I did know many Presidents have been Masons. I have also heard that
Washington DC is arranged in a Mason pattern.