Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Should I pay 100 pounds for a course with my Buddhist temple?

i just want to say keep up the good work with your practise of meditation. if it wasnt for you and your videos i would have not got the info that i needed to taking my first steps to finding enlightenment :) well Robbie i hope your ok i aint seen any new video updates but would really like for you to talk more about on how it went on you camping the start of you journey. and have a question that i no you would be able to tell me so ere it goes lol in your temple do you have to pay for courses or are they free and did you have to pay for the camping you went to ??? if you could email me please i really need to no as my buddhist temple does courses 3 days long hours from level 1 on words but you have to pay sat least £100 for a level 1 course they say they aint out for profit but that money helps the temple stay open , whats your take on this and im practicing Tibetan Buddhism


Dear Michael

Thank you for your kind words. and your questions on Youtube about your courses.

All I can do is offer you my experience from my point of view. I practice the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, this is radically different from Tibetan Buddhism.

I do not believe there is any right or wrong path, every one is on their own path.

In our practice there are no temples, no statues of Buddha and no worship and certainly no dogma. We do not do long courses that cost 1000s of dollars and we do not expect or demand people attend meetings.

The Practice of Nichiren Buddhism is about daily life, and the happiness of your self and humanity. Nothing more.

We chant Nam myoho renge kyo daily, we study and read about Nichiren Daishonin and his life, and the life of Shakyamuni, and we have faith in our enlightened life state.

We focus on our lives and the happiness of our selves and the people around us.

I think what I would advise is for you to connect with how you feel about the people who teach this form of Buddhism. If you feel comfortable, and happy and you trust them, then do the course.

If it brings you joy and peace to spend time with these people and you feel you are growing as a person do the course.

But if you doubt them then spend some more time thinking about it.

Focus on your daily practice and ask for the wisdom to come to you to make the right decision.

You are a Buddha, don't ever forget that.

Fond wishes,


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