Saturday, January 26, 2013

Buddhism as a social practice


Do religious Buddhists view Buddhism as a social practice?

I ask this question after discussing with a hard core religious Buddhist, who is willing to die for the protection of Buddhism.

Can Buddhism be categorized as basic level, intermediate level and advanced level?

Do religious Buddhists follow so called 'lokika (mundane) Buddhism' at basic and intermediate levels as a social practice?

Do Arahants(enlightened one) follow so called 'lokottara (super-mundane) Buddhism' at advanced level?

Please answer clearly.

Additional Details

After first 3 answers:

As a suggestion to help you see the big picture of Buddhism, let me take the most simple 'toilet' analogy:

Would you consider removing clothes as basic level, shi-tting as intermediate level and washes it off as advanced level?
Would you complete basic and intermediate levels only as a social practice or would you consider the whole process as going to toilet?

Can there be so called 'lokika (mundane) Buddhism' and 'lokottara (super-mundane) Buddhism' or simply 'Buddhism' that seeks freedom (lokottara-nibbana) from suffering of lokika/worldly attachments?

@シトリン夢 Citrine Dream,
"Just as in the great ocean there is but one taste — the taste of salt — so in this Doctrine and Discipline (dhammavinaya) there is but one taste — the taste of freedom"
In that case, can Buddhism be categorized to levels?

Refuge in so called 3 jewels of Buddhism (Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha) as a social practice is distorting the core of Buddhism. It is suggested by spell-binding monk societies for their existence, assuming them as a historical lineage to Buddha, which is a big lie.

There is no liberation in Buddhism privileged by a higher existence. Buddhism guides to freedom from all existence.

A true Buddhist who seeks freedom would not be loyal to any religious society!



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