May 12, 2013 1:03 PM GMT
Hey guys =) any buddhists here?
He_Man saidI appreciate some Buddhist philosophy and teachings, the contemplative lifestyle and I love Buddhist artwork and meditation, but I wouldn't declare myself a "Buddhist."
As the Buddhist master Lin Chi said, "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him." Too many people turn the Buddha's teachings into a religion or ideology and miss the whole point of what the Buddha was trying to teach. It's as if we are following the Buddha down a path, and all of a sudden, he stops and points to an object on the side of the road, but instead of us actually looking at where he's pointing to, we're too busy starring at the tip of his finger.
I see Buddha as one of the first skeptics and natural philosophers. If he was born today, I could see him being a scientist focusing on physics and neuroscience, trying to unlock the mysteries of reality and how the mind interprets reality.
"Believe nothing on the faith of traditions,
even though they have been held in honor
for many generations and in diverse places.
Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it.
Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past.
Do not believe what you yourself have imagined,
persuading yourself that a God inspires you.
Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests.
After examination, believe what you yourself have tested
and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto." - Buddha
LJay saidCan a Buddhist be anywhere?
soybean1 saidLJay saidCan a Buddhist be anywhere?
What do you mean?
HottJoe saidThis thread needs some nudist buddhists.Those are called "Booty-ists." Get your facts right!
theantijock saidsoybean1 saidLJay saidCan a Buddhist be anywhere?
What do you mean?
I took that as a literal joking around with your question "any Buddhists here" possibly tangentially combined with the old joke about Buddhists and hot dogs "I'll have one with everything" and its implied non-locality.
To your question. I'm a twentyplus year student of Dzogchen, a lifetime practitioner of dream yoga but adherent to none.
Question for you, I see in your profile that you are in Malaysia which I thought to be mostly Muslim and I think I recall reading about conflict between the Muslims in Malaysia with Buddhists in southern Thailand.
Do you find that as a Buddhist you are able to live in relative peace where you are or is it like being non-Christian in the United States, tolerable but occasionally annoying.
psycsnacha saidFor the buddhists, what made you commit to buddism as opposed to being "spiritual" and undefined?
soybean1 saidpsycsnacha saidFor the buddhists, what made you commit to buddism as opposed to being "spiritual" and undefined?
Haha well my family are buddhists and I grew up going to buddhist sunday school, when I got older and really got to understand it, I appreciated it more. So, now I just continue learning what I can
soybean1 saidOoo icic
Haha how well read of you, its relatively peaceful here, if I am not wrong, the incident you read about was quite some time ago and only involved some people in the borders
psycsnacha saidFor the buddhists, what made you commit to buddhism as opposed to being "spiritual" and undefined?