Well. One for it happen natural. Just like it was for Maha Kassapa. It’s not neccesary. Because right now and for long time I don’t like the rituals etc of organized Buddhism. That’s mainly because I’m a western with a different way of looking at what and how Biddhism should be. For example. Like I don’t see bowing to Buddha statues as true Buddhist. Not that it should stop me but that’s just me saying 1 thing. Then there vinaya which I doubt was so much in time of Buddha. Better not join sonething you cant fully follow in harmony with others.
Thank you for the welcome Ric,
Yes, this is a very good quality discussion website with a lot of good references and pointings to good suttas.
I registered some time ago, but I am not a contributor.
This discussion “triggered” me in contributing.
I can’t blame the discussion, the seed of the trigger was/is in me.
Regarding the path, it is pathless and no self is walking on it.
Ananda to all
Is it really important where you ‘were’ born?
You ‘are now’ blessed to ‘have found’ Buddhism and a good circle of honest practitioners here, with great teachings of the Buddha himself to follow. If you need modern people to explain the Buddha’s words, Bhante Sujato, Ajahn Brahmali and of course Ajahn Brahm have lots of talks on Youtube.
I was born in Thailand but I started to understand deeper Buddhist teachings when I heard words from Perth. And the ‘monastery’ that I visit the most is my ‘laptop monastery’.
I’m grateful I’ve found great monks and nuns who have shown me the way to appreciate and practice the Buddha’s teachings.
I’m grateful for all the kalyamittas I’ve found since I first heard the words from Perth, including not only monastics but also lay people like the very sweet and kind @stu.