Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

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Have you changed schools since joining the Forum?

No, I haven't.
41
72%
Yes, I have, but it had nothing to do with the Forum.
4
7%
Yes, I have and I guess the Forum played a part. I changed from Tibetan to East Asian.
0
No votes
Yes, I have and I guess the Forum played a part. I changed from East Asian to Tibetan.
3
5%
Yes, I have and I guess the Forum played a part. I changed from Theravada to Mahayana.
3
5%
Yes, I have and I guess the Forum played a part. I changed from Mahayana to Theravada.
0
No votes
Yes, I have and I guess the Forum played a part. I changed within Vajrayana schools.
5
9%
Yes, I have and I guess the Forum played a part. I changed within the East Asian schools.
1
2%
 
Total votes: 57

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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by Matt J » Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:24 am

I'm sure I really buy into "changing schools," because I don't see them as mutually exclusive. I don't really feel like a Buddhist, and accordingly don't really feel like any specific kind of Buddhist. But I did go from practicing with Zen teachers to practicing with Vajrayana teachers. In that regard, I would say the forum helped by pointing in the general direction of Madhyamaka, which also led to Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

When I first arrived, I usually skipped or ignored a lot of Vajrayana related posts. To be honest, I was turned off by many of the things I read, which probably delayed my shift. I'm sure I'm guilty of the same type of behavior, but I thought it worth mentioning.
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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by TaTa » Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:42 am

It was hard to vote. When i started here all my studys/practice where kagyupa and now im more dzogchen oriented but i still recieve and prwctice from different kagyu linages

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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by smcj » Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:56 am

Nope. I’ve been a Kagyupa for over 40 years. Don’t ask me why, ‘cause with all the various lama dramas I don’t know ehy.
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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by zhufawuwo » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:10 am

As someone new to this forum and to practice in general, I would love to see more voting and stories on this topic. Not to get all sectarian, more to see people's engagement with different schools, approach to wider knowledge, and also how to deal with our own tendencies to get, well, sectarian :meditate:

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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by Dan74 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:07 am

Thank you very much, those who've completely the poll and those who've commented!

40 poll answers is not bad, but not a large sample for a Forum like this. Maybe a few more could answer quickly?

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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by Grigoris » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:55 am

Dan74 wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:07 am
Thank you very much, those who've completely the poll and those who've commented!

40 poll answers is not bad, but not a large sample for a Forum like this. Maybe a few more could answer quickly?
What's the rush?
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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by Dan74 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:53 am

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:55 am
Dan74 wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:07 am
Thank you very much, those who've completely the poll and those who've commented!

40 poll answers is not bad, but not a large sample for a Forum like this. Maybe a few more could answer quickly?
What's the rush?
No rush at all. But a valid excuse to bump the topic ;)

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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by Simon E. » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:25 am

I would have thought that 74% of the total of those that responded was quite enough to gauge the direction of travel. :shrug:
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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by Thomas Amundsen » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:53 pm

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:55 am
Dan74 wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:07 am
Thank you very much, those who've completely the poll and those who've commented!

40 poll answers is not bad, but not a large sample for a Forum like this. Maybe a few more could answer quickly?
What's the rush?
If we get enough votes, Dan will switch to practicing Dzogchen :tongue: :jumping: :twisted:

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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by Kunga Lhadzom » Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:26 pm

I didn't vote yes or no because I feel like I'm in transition. ...and i don't think I can even be considered Vajrayana, because I never had any HYT.

But i started out Sakya, now leaning towards Dzogchen.

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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by chimechodra » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:40 pm

Started off with one foot in Tibetan Buddhism and one foot in Zen. Met Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, and ever since I focus entirely on teachers of Dzogchen, with Namkhai Norbu at the foundation of it all. I still appreciate a lot of the Zen teachings, and I was actually just re-reading Dogen's Genjokoan today. When the Tibetan stuff gets me a little too overwhelmed, I find reading a few Zen books really helps ground me again, as long as I be mindful not to conflate any views. Zen Master Seung Sahn's writings in particular have been tremendously helpful in the past (and present!).

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Re: Have you changed Buddhist schools since joining DW?

Post by Dan74 » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:43 am

Thomas Amundsen wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:53 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:55 am
Dan74 wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:07 am
Thank you very much, those who've completely the poll and those who've commented!

40 poll answers is not bad, but not a large sample for a Forum like this. Maybe a few more could answer quickly?
What's the rush?
If we get enough votes, Dan will switch to practicing Dzogchen :tongue: :jumping: :twisted:
Haha! No, my friend, I feel very much at home with Seon/Chan/Zen. No need to switch. Mind you, we never know what the future holds, but I don't think so.

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