what do you guys think about buddism?

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by B_tallbig, Nov 10, 2007.

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popinion on buddism

  1. is very cool iam a buddhist

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  2. is interesting even to non buddhists

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  3. i dont like buddism

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  4. i dont care

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  1. B_tallbig

    B_tallbig New Member

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    lately iam reading about buddism and i think that the philosophy part of this religion is fascinating. what is your take of buddism?

    how you compare it with another religions?
     
  2. Mr. Snakey

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    Fine with me as are all the other faiths.
     
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    I think Budhism is pretty cool. I like they're ethic about not killing stuff.
     
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    I like Buddhism a great deal and have found many of its techniques helpful. I was introduced to it via landscaping books I read and found the Zen interpretation of landscaping so remarkable that I read more and became fascinated. I've read Buddhist texts of various traditions and enjoyed all of them.

    The nearest monastery is, however, too far away to make frequent visits but is quite large and in a beautiful setting up in the Catskills.
     
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    I like a few religions but not all of them although they all have good parts.

    I have never been able to find anything wrong with buddhism despite all my best efforts.

    So it is one of the few that I actually subscribe to more or less ...

    The philosophy is fascinating although most of it is recycled hinduism or recycled lamaism or maybe developed is a better word than recycled ...

    I have done a lot of studies in religion because I was raised religiously ... buddhism really summed it all up for me and cured me of my desire to know everything ...
     
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    I like Buddhism, but if you want to get serious about it, I think there are too many rules.

    I prefer philosophy to religion. Philosophy is about questions and speculations, whereas religion is about "answers" and "don't look beyond here..."

    The more a human being can think and exercise his mind, the more he will discover the universe -- and then, perhaps, himself.

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    **(I am using the male gender as the universal singular. "He/she" gets a bit onerous.)
     
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    Its seems (at least to a westerner like me) that Buddhism is more a life philosophy than a religious faith. And that seems to make many elements about it attractive.
     
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    Indeed, Buddhism is often referred to as a "philosophy" rather than as a "religion." It has no deity to worship and no standard dogma. It's very personalized, doesn't have a mediator/savior figure and, in fact, doesn't even really believe in the concept of "sin." Instead, it refers to the "mistakes" that we make.
     
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    I don't follow any specific way of life, or a religion, but buddhism is one of the very few that holds any appeal for me, it's message of moderation is a sensible one that's easy to follow, many religions are so hard to adhere to that people are automatically going to sin by the lights of their religion.
     
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    I live in a Buddhist country. Thai Buddhism seems to be a mix of Buddhism, Hinduism, Brahminism and animism. This confused me at first because in the mid-70s I attended an ongoing Zen Buddhist meditation group and most of my Western Buddhist friends were vegetarian.

    Yes, basically it is more philosophical than religious but the Thais tend to deify the Lord Buddha and adopt some of the Hindu gods, too. They also manage to tie in some Confucianism.

    Buddhism is entirely consistent with many religions and i know of several people who are both Buddhist and Christian (or indeed other religious affiliations).

    It doesn't concern itself with sin, punishment, Hell and minimises the importance or significance of the everyday material world.

    I like the focus on the Now. The past is over and you can't change it. The future is yet to come and who knows what will happen. You can only live in the moment of Now. Practically, here in Thailand this makes for difficulties in planning or making future arrangements LOL.
     
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    Buddhism is a huge subject. It's a great religious philosophy and is a worthwhile subject of study. People who use it as a way of life seem to find inner peace. There are many different types of Buddhisms out there. I think it's important to read about all religious philosophies because in some way they all have truths in them.
     
  12. whatireallywant

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    Yes they do... you wouldn't happen to be a Unitarian Universalist would you? That last sentence is very much the UU philosophy.
     
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    LOL! No I'm not UU. My Mother (who is also Jewish) was partially raised in the UU tradition. I'm Jewish and so many Jews have become UU, especially we Liberal Jews.
     
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    What intrigues me is how you rarely see buddists fight except in protests.
     
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    As long as we're putting reading suggestions out there, I would like to offer absolutely anything written by Pema Chodron...especially The Wisdom of No Escape and The Places That Scare You. She's incredibly accessible and so wise. I had the pleasure of visiting her abbey (Gampo Abbey, in Nova Scotia) recently and was so moved by the spirit of peacefulness there.
     
  17. Principessa

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    I know very little about Buddhism. However the basic tenets of the faith and the attitudes and demeanor of the people I have encountered who are Buddhist appeal to me.

    I have yet to meet a Buddhist who prosletyzed, spoke or behaved in a way that would lead me to believe they were racist, sexist, or homophobic. Regrettably, I cannot say the same for the religion in which I was raised. :frown1:
     
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    It would be a sad, sad day when groups of shaven Buddhist monks in saffron robes began televising weekly political editorials thinly disguised as religious services.
     
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    Oooh. That was gooooood.
     
  20. whatireallywant

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    Me neither! The religion in which I was raised is incredibly sexist and homophobic, and somewhat racist too, although the racism is not quite as apparent in the religion itself (just in the attitudes of many of the people I knew). The sexism and homophobia were part and parcel of the religion itself. I in fact quit going to church over the sexism part of it, as well as some of the really repressive rules (they were starting to preach against rock music and dancing! Not to mention their attitudes about sex...)

    I can't say that I've really known any Buddhists though. There are some aspects of Buddhism that appeal to me, but I think I'm more comfortable as a Unitarian Universalist at this point in my life. I think the UU church here does have a Buddhist study group. (I don't get to church very often - old habits are hard to break...:biggrin1:)
     
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