Any buddhists??

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  1. rusty__

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    IS anyone on here a buddhist?? i am thinking of converting to buddhism and would really appreciate any thoughts or guidance on this subject...

    cheers.
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    I know buddhism in detail . What exactly do you want to learn about this faith?
     
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    I'm Buddhist too. It's not so much a faith, as a practice and a way of life.
     
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    I practice buddhism.......why do you want to "convert"......what do you want to convert into?
     
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    Is a faith because is based in doctrine . Buddhist concepts like Karma , samsara and rebirth can't be proven.
     
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    Some buddhists don't believe in Karma and rebirth ( strange from my point of view like for example someone that claimed to being christian but don't believe in god and that Jesus is the Messiah ) but that's another history.:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    I get your point, HungDavid. But I've found most brands of Buddhism to be a lot more 'practice' based than most other faiths. Certainly more humane than the Catholicism I was raised with and infinitely more accepting of a person's rights and the necessity of learning rather than being told how to act.
     
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    Buddhism is both a religion and a philosophy ( a way of life)
    Is based on both logic and faith . The logic part of buddism is from my point of view very fascinating.
     
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    Which is why I find Buddhism the best way for me to go... Have a very hard time finding the logic in most of the world's religions.
     
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    I guess you're right about that. For me it's more an internal experience than I ever felt when was a practicing Christian. I mean there is no God in heaven that will render judgement, and no one died for my sins. The inner sense of what is right or wrong guides my conduct and motives, leading me towards right action. The practice gives me the tools to correctly follow the dictates of my conscience. (not 100% of the time!! :rolleyes: )

    Industrial- I agree. Many of my Buddhist friends still consider themselves to be Christian or Jewish. My former teacher encouraged us to keep the faith with our roots. He use to say that there are many paths to enlightenment.
     
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    And a lot of Buddhists pick and choose the parts they like and ignore the other stuff.
     
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    That's correct but that happen in all religions .
     
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    For example, some don't care if they step on ants and some think that there is more to life than suffering. In that respect, some are "orthodox" and some are "liberal" just like everything and everyone else in life and in philosophy/religion. What I found "interesting" is the day I met a gay Buddhist monk.

    Best not to try to "fit in" and just be your own man. :smile:
     
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    I'd pay especial attention to the Kalachakra Tantra ... other thant that, be sure to immerse yourself in the most fundamental ... reading the Pali Canon and the Jataka Tales as a teenager, turned my life around
     
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    It does. But I think it's funny when people become Buddhists because they don't like the "rules" of organized religion. Few people are true Buddhists and adhere to it entirely or even understand it, probably even less so than many Christians do with their faith.

    A gay Buddhist monk if truly celibate would be okay. The Dalai Lama condemns any same sex activity, and only condones male/female vaginal sex but not oral or anal sex. He also contradicts himself.
     
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    I beg to differ, but the Dalai lama has recently "corrected" himself and said that he didn't see ANYTHING wrong with homosexuality, as long as no one "gets hurt"....(and BTW, the nature of Tibetan Buddhism is contradiction, question EVERYTHING, believe nothing...unless you have "experienced" it yourself, but that's impossible because there in fact is no "self" and nothing to experience.)
     
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    Yes the main goal in buddhism is to break attachment to scape the infinite circles of death and rebirth and to end suffering. Some people think that buddhism is all free to go religion . That they can do anything as they please. True Buddhism is basically a monastic religion even more than conventional christianity.
     
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    If I had to choose any religion I would like to be a buddhist.
    A religion based on peace and love, you sure as hell never see any
    Buddist suicide bombers.
    And the Dalai Lama seems like a great guy to meet.
     
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    That is the goal, Hung. But there is no condemnation for ones path.
     
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    I'm not condemning anyone , just saying that buddhism is a discipline .
    Real buddhism is very attractive in some ways but is also not that easy to follow . Breaking attachment to samsara is not that easy .
     
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