BuddhaSoup wrote:From what little I have read of the subject, Theravada (not Hinayana, which disappeared) and Mahayana share the same foundational body and bloodline. It can be argued that both Theravada and Mahayana have attributes of embellishment and variable authenticity. I like what Ven. Bodhi has to say, that we need not make convincing arguments for both Therayana and Mahayana....both are fraternal twins who were raised by different parents. They sometimes forget that their DNA mirrors each other.
JKhedrup wrote:Yes my post was not so clear. From time to time in winter I get pretty severe headaches and cannot read, sleep or do much of anything. I decided to try and make some posts on dharma wheel but of course with a serious headache they came out a little bit convoluted/unclear in some instances. For that I apologize!
I was mainly referring to what texts most inspired the practitioners here to take up the practice of Mahayana, and how those texts convinced them it was a genuine teaching. In the Tibetan scholastic tradition texts that touch on this point are known as teg chen bka' sgrubs "Proving Mahayana as the (Buddha's) Word." But I was not referring only to that type of literature, but also to Mahayana Sutras and Shastras that simply inspired faith in the practice of the Bodhisattva vehicle.
I am not trying to convince anyone, I was more interested in people's journeys. I decided a long time ago that people will follow the path of pratice with which they have an affinity.
JKhedrup wrote:Thanks Yudron and Porkchop-
I guess many people have some sort of health issues in their lives. I am not sure of the source of these headaches, though acupuncture treatment did bring some temporary relief.
Our Dutch translator here, who has been doing this work for a long time, tells me translators are very succeptible to rlung illness (wind disease) which sometimes cause headaches. I am not sure why this is and also don't know how I would go about diagnosing rlung without the help of a Tibetan doctor.
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