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by LastLegend
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Avatamsaka Sutra
Replies: 152
Views: 47410

Re: Avatamsaka Sutra

I get all sutras in my language Vietnamese for free any time at the temple and as many as I want. :)
by LastLegend
Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 7323

Re: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?

I agree that nembutsu is a profound practice. And I agree there's an element of transmission involved. I recite it as "namu amidabu" (Tendai-style) and use it as a mantra much as a Tibetan practitioner might use OM MANI PEME HUNG: an all-purpose method. I encourage my little group in DC to practice...
by LastLegend
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 7323

Re: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?

I cannot be a help to you in the area of practice for I don't practice Tibetan Tantra. If you are sincerely requesting Buddha or Bodhishavatta for a teacher, one will come in your way. I practice Pure Land which is saying/repeating Namo Amitabha in my head. Pure Land can be tantric also for one can...
by LastLegend
Mon Mar 21, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditating While Listening To Dharma Talks?
Replies: 12
Views: 2816

Re: Meditating While Listening To Dharma Talks?

If you listen without distraction from thoughts, it is meditation.
by LastLegend
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 7323

Re: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Buddha-nature and citta and if Buddha nature is not underneath, then what is? Totally agree. Now as far as remembering to practice, funny you say that. Because I posted in The Tibetan thread asking about mantras, rituals, 'prayers', meditations, different ways ...
by LastLegend
Mon Mar 21, 2011 3:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 7323

Re: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?

Thanks LL, maybe I'm understand more than I thought. And yes, you made perfect sense about the reading and not over-analyzing it. I have done both. I have read and tried very hard to pick it apart, make sure I understand it, etc. Then other times I have read with a more relaxed, less rigid approach...
by LastLegend
Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 7323

Re: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?

That was a very good description, and thank you. But what I don't understand is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana interpretations of this. The part I put in bold was written as if to say "Here's how each of the following traditions interpret the 12 Links of Dependent Arising..." but...
by LastLegend
Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 7323

Re: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?

LastLegend (or anyone): I was just on Buddhanet reading about Dependent Origin. Maybe you can answer a question for me, because I'm confused: At the bottom of the list of 12 Links of Dependent Arising, it states this: ** The Theravada tradition uses it to explain the arising of sufferings; that all...
by LastLegend
Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Finding and leaving the teacher ...
Replies: 104
Views: 12491

Re: Finding and leaving the teacher ...

gregkavarnos wrote:
LastLegend wrote:...if the practice does not seem to produce results you can abandon it.
Results?
:namaste:
ok
by LastLegend
Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 7323

Re: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?

Hmm, that's very interesting LastLegend. On one hand I agree, and on the other I don't. I like the analogy about reading many recipes but never baking a cake. That makes perfect sense. But on the other hand, blindly "picking a path and sticking with it" as you suggested seems counter-intuitive to m...
by LastLegend
Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 7323

Re: Can't Seem To Find Direction... Advice?

Grasp the essence of Dependent Origination or 12 Conditional Factors and 4th Noble Truths then you will understand different teachings of different traditions if you trace back to Dependent Origination and 4th Noble Truths. Please pick one tradition of practice and stick with it, and try not to stud...
by LastLegend
Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Finding and leaving the teacher ...
Replies: 104
Views: 12491

Re: Finding and leaving the teacher ...

Teacher should be someone whom the student has respect for. When you respect the teacher, you will follow the teachings and practice and your practice might even surpass that of teacher since teacher might not have been able to achieve what he or she has been teaching you. This does not mean that yo...

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