What do you think of Buddhism?

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    Sep 07, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    I think it's the best. It's very simple and easy to do.icon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gif
  • Drift

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    Sep 08, 2013 12:19 AM GMT
    Haha why is it simple and easy?
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    Sep 08, 2013 12:22 AM GMT
    I forget the basics but I remember it seemed very doable to me when I read about it years ago.
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    Sep 08, 2013 12:23 AM GMT
    Drift saidHaha why is it simple and easy?

    I guess I don't know for sure. I could suggest many examples.

    I just feel peace when I meditate. And Buddhism is compatible with virtually any religion.

    Do you have any more questions?
  • Generaleclect...

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    Sep 08, 2013 1:01 AM GMT
    I guess it depends on what branch of Buddhism. I started practicing Nichiren Buddhism recently, and it's all about manifesting your best self through chanting.

    Best decision I've made in a while.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:33 AM GMT
    Buddhism is probably the least offensive/annoying religions. They don't have suicide bombers. They don't show up on your doorstep peddling propaganda. And they don't care about other religions. Occasionally a Buddhist might set himself on fire. But for the most part, they keep to themselves. Buddhism is ok in my book. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:40 AM GMT
    I've been wanting to learn more about it. If anyone has any book suggestions I'd appreciate them. There's a bookstore here in San Diego with a large spirituality section that I want to go back to.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:41 AM GMT
    I am a Buddhist here, been one all my life despite several Christians groups tried to convert me in my 20s Lol! Well my mom is very into Buddhism and as I got older, I'm really into it too. I am in the Mahayana's school, there's a couple of schools. Nichiren (Japanese/Zen), Tibetan and Theravanda? Buddhism! I think it's more like a philosophy on living life. Don't kill, don't cheat, don't lie.....and the 8 Noble paths. I suggest anyone interested look it up in wiki !!! I really love Buddhist themes Movies, too. Kundun, 7 Years in Tibet, Anna and the King!!! Hmmm!!! I try to go to the Temples whenever I have free time! I also read and watch the entire series of The Monkey King / journey to the West(Any Chinese scholars history buff here?)! I don't think I'm changing my religion anytime soon.


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    Sep 08, 2013 3:42 AM GMT
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    lol..well not really lol.. but true...what you say... seems buddhism is so kind If i was born that way I think i would be fine and happy with being buddhism and old roommate was buddhism guy from India he was interesting...and happy..
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    They have really cool togas

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    Sep 08, 2013 3:49 AM GMT
    It has its good points but I believe Christ is The Lord.However the Christian faith is not opposed to anything that is good in other faiths.Ryan.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    xrichx saidBuddhism is probably the least offensive/annoying religions. They don't have suicide bombers. They don't show up on your doorstep peddling propaganda. And they don't care about other religions. Occasionally a Buddhist might set himself on fire. But for the most part, they keep to themselves. Buddhism is ok in my book. icon_cool.gif


    + 1 !! The Buddhist monk who sets himself on Fire, it's usually an act to protest, against oppression against a regime. An example I can think of is A Vietnamese Buddhist monk set himself on fire in 1964 against a Catholic Regime oppressing Buddhism in Southern Vietnam during the US-Vietnam war!!! That image shocked the world! It's an act of self-sacrificing for the greater goods of other people!!!

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    Sep 08, 2013 3:57 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidBuddhism is probably the least offensive/annoying religions. They don't have suicide bombers. They don't show up on your doorstep peddling propaganda. And they don't care about other religions. Occasionally a Buddhist might set himself on fire. But for the most part, they keep to themselves. Buddhism is ok in my book. icon_cool.gif


    + 1 !! The Buddhist monk who sets himself on Fire, it's usually an act to protest, against oppression against a regime. An example I can think of is A Vietnamese Buddhist monk set himself on fire in 1964 against a Catholic Regime oppressing Buddhism in Southern Vietnam during the US-Vietnam war!!! That image shocked the world! It's an act of self-sacrificing for the greater goods of other people!!!


    I don't setting yourself on fire is the right way or the smart way to get attention for a cause. There have been others that have done it. I think someone else did it for Peta or something like that several years back. Sorry, but I think that is just nuts.
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk said
    socalx10 said
    xrichx said


    I don't setting yourself on fire is the right way or the smart way to get attention for a cause. There have been others that have done it. I think someone else did it for Peta or something like that several years back. Sorry, but I think that is just nuts.



    Lol of course it's nuts for us common people but I think unless you're a hardcore Buddhist monk, you don't know what those monks are thinking. They did it for Peta? Lol, that's dumb! The whole US/Vietnam/Cold war and Oppression of Buddhism at that time is quite another story. Maybe the reason behind it is your body is like a temple, you're not afraid to die or self-sacrifice and become larger than life.
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:08 AM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thich_Quang_Duc

    Practitioner of dream yoga here and student of the ati yoga aka Dzogchen aka Dzogpa Chenpo for nearly 20 years.
  • PR_GMR

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    Sep 08, 2013 4:20 AM GMT
    workhard13 saidI think it's the best. It's very simple and easy to do.icon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gif


    I'm a Buddhist. Although I agree with you that it's 'the best', it's certainly not simple or easy to do. I've been a Buddhist for about a decade now. I meditate and adhere to the tenets of Buddhism. It has helped me get thru some very difficult times in my life. I'm still having trouble practicing some of Buddhist core tenets (I've the toughest time letting go of people, specially those who have hurt me) but it's the only spiritual practice that makes sense for me.
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
    by far it seems to be the 'best'. More spiritual than political..
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:24 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk said
    I don't setting yourself on fire is the right way or the smart way to get attention for a cause. There have been others that have done it. I think someone else did it for Peta or something like that several years back. Sorry, but I think that is just nuts.
    True. But I think setting oneself on fire is much more preferable than crashing an airplane into a building.
  • Sakura

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    Sep 08, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    Wow it's so crazy this post appeared today. Earlier I ordered some malas and I'm going to give Buddhism a go. For years I've been pretty disillusioned with my Catholic upbringing, yet left with a sense of morality and harmony that I've always carried with me. In undergrad I took a handful of East Asian religion classes and Buddhism was the most attractive for me. I'm still deciding on a sect but I'm very excited to be moving in this direction with my spiritual life!
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidHeard that "Buddhism is a philosophy seeking a religion whereas Christianity is a religion seeking a philosophy."


    I view it more as a science of mind or consciousness than as a religion; even while differing schools have varying degrees of dogma, there's an underlying current not rushing onto shores or overflowing banks of religion but leading out to deeper seas.
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:47 AM GMT
    It is a good religion or practice , i don't mind it but trust me i have seen extremist buddhists too , just as bad as other jihadis , they dont stay with others , dont want anyone touching them , they talk rudely , couple of them came during japanese intervention here , nothing very great about it similar to all extreme philosophy , btw homo practices are immoral in it too
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    Zeriel said...btw homo practices are immoral in it too


    Not quite correct. There is some modern dogmatic bullshit which has crept into some schools and that is currently advocated by them but they have no basis on which to stand.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_and_sexual_orientation
    ...early Buddhism appears to have placed no special stigma on homosexual relations, since the subject was not mentioned...

    ...In the early sutras of Buddhism, "accepted or unaccepted human sexual conduct" for laypersons "is not specifically mentioned."[6] "Sexual misconduct" is a broad term, subject to interpretation according to followers' social norms. Early Buddhism appears to have placed no special stigma on homosexual relations...

    ...The situation is different for monastics. For them, the Vinaya (code of monastic discipline) bans all sexual activity, but does so in purely physiological terms,making no moral distinctions among the many possible forms of intercourse it lists...

    ...Regarding transsexual people, the earliest texts mention the possibility of a person supernaturally changing sexes; such a person is not barred from ordination, and if already ordained, simply changes orders...


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    Sep 08, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    Buddhism has been an invaluable tool in investigating who and what I appear to be. It also has been the only path that allowed me to try and get my head around Atheism. Coming from a Monotheistic background it proved challenging to say the least. I prefer to lean toward the Theravada and Tibetan paths. They seem to resonate best for me so far. What do I think of Buddhism? It's difficult to say; there's no one here to have an opinion...

    Ok, ok All joking aside, I enjoy it! icon_cool.gif
  • heyom

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    Sep 08, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    I don't mind it in any way, though I have my disagreements with some of its practices and tenets on a personal level, and in many ways I see it as a form of Hinduism and not really different from it or Jainism. I also see it as the root of Christian diversion from Judaism (as in, Christianity was and is actually a mixture of Judaism, paganism and Buddhism) and gave Christianity monasteries, monk- and nun-hood, prayer beads, temple bells, and the specific melodic from of chanting now all employed in the church.

    Though I wouldnt say it is without its share of violence and indigenous displacement... Burma and Japanese terrorism come to mind here.