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Pretty simple. Are you a Buddhist? do you practice any Buddhist beliefs? If so for how long have you been one.
I don't know many people who think the same way as me where I live so its nice to see others who share a common view.
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No.
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Yes I am Buddhist (Theravada).

But I'm not religious tho.
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I tried it once, too pacifist for my tastes. I am a soldier and there are still battles out there to be fought. Pretending otherwise is doing a disservice to those that need your help.
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I like the ritualism it has
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Nope. I'm not really trendy.

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Can't be. They aren't allowed the solitary vice. xD
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Since my teenage years, I have been striving to practice what I personally consider to be the best philosophical elements of different spiritual traditions, Buddhism is one of the traditions that I like the most.

However, it must be brought into awareness that there are different Buddhism variations and schools of thought, some more esoteric, others more exoteric.
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shinblade wrote:

Since my teenage years, I have been striving to practice what I personally consider to be the best philosophical elements of different spiritual traditions, Buddhism is one of the traditions that I like the most.

However, it must be brought into awareness that there are different Buddhism variations and schools of thought, some more esoteric, others more exoteric.


It was kinda open to all the different variations. I myself subscribe to the Theravada style of thinking, but I am interested to hear from those who may think differently.
Posted 12/3/15
Not too fond of the translations that we idolize today, that were translated into english by white christian missionaries with a completely different mindset/ world view and carries it's own bias probably quite a bit removed from what the intended message originally was, not to mention that through translations things get lost. Nor am I too fond of the way people take these ideas too literally.

Like the first of the Nobel Truths "Life is Dukkha" Dukkha can be translated into suffering or it can be translated into Discord or frustration. Each word giving a different perspective.

I would argue that these "truths" aren't truths but a way into realizing the nature of ourselves, since actualizing some of the "truths" is impossible and you can either accept that or continue on a path of thinking that if you just try harder you'll achieve this pinnacle of existence .

The second Nobel Truth is that sufferings origin is "Trinisha" its where we get our word thirst from or can be translated into desire couple this with the third Nobel Truth which is that you can achieve happiness through giving up desire. So in your journey eventually you'll realize that you desire to give up desire is just another form of desire. A fruitless endeavor.

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Posted 12/3/15

potentsativa wrote:

Not too fond of the translations that we idolize today, that were translated into english by white christian missionaries with a completely different mindset/ world view and carries it's own bias probably quite a bit removed from what the intended message originally was, not to mention that through translations things get lost. Nor am I too fond of the way people take these ideas too literally.

Like the first of the Nobel Truths "Life is Dukkha" Dukkha can be translated into suffering or it can be translated into Discord or frustration. Each word giving a different perspective.

I would argue that these "truths" aren't truths but a way into realizing the nature of ourselves, since actualizing some of the "truths" is impossible and you can either accept that or continue on a path of thinking that if you just try harder you'll achieve this pinnacle of existence .

The second Nobel Truth is that sufferings origin is "Trinisha" its where we get our word thirst from or can be translated into desire couple this with the third Nobel Truth which is that you can achieve happiness through giving up desire. So in your journey eventually you'll realize that you desire to give up desire is just another form of desire. A fruitless endeavor.


I agree, translation 'errors', sometimes intentional, seem to have messed up things quite a bit.

Each word really gives a different perspective, and at the same time, a lot of food for thought, when trying to find a way or middle ground between both meanings.

Is what you are saying true? Yes, the real truth is probably unnatainable because of it's 'pureness', but in my opinion, the quest for it is what matters the most.





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I was one for about 3 years, but I stopped practicing for no particular reason. I still agree with the philosophy and whatnot. I kind of adhered to mixed principles of Mahayana and Hinayana traditions. I wouldn't say I subscribed to any specific school within that huge umbrella because they are too diverse for me to really pick one.

I never really thought Theravada was the way to go though. It always felt like a contradiction to me for them to say that language doesn't hold the capacity to accurately convey certain concepts, but then they say studying scripture is the way the reach true understanding. It's small gripes like that that made me raise an eyebrow.
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