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9 years ago  ::  Mar 03, 2009 - 6:02PM #1
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I am new to Buddhism, and I realize Theravada is a good fit for me as 1. There isn't as much to dispute regarding the Buddha's original canon, and 2. If I later want to investigate Mahayana and/or Vajrayana, Theravada is a good foundation.

I am wondering why not all Buddhists follow a progression from Theravada to the other two traditions.  I am wondering if it is because they view them as delusions?


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9 years ago  ::  Mar 07, 2009 - 5:48AM #2
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How about opportunity or convenience? Possibly conviction, or karma? Is it important in ending your own suffering how others approach Buddhism, or even if others embrace the Dharma or not?

I always like to refer back to the Kalama Sutta. There is much wisdom there.

Wishing you small tranquil days,


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9 years ago  ::  Mar 17, 2009 - 7:58AM #3
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Theravada Buddhism is complete in itself.


A Vajrayana pratitioner may utilise the Theravada Teachings as a ground for development.  It depends upon the Dharma of the student and the Volition and Qualifications of the Teacher.

In my own case, I have done this but, I have never met anyone else that is doing the same kind of practice.







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