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Buddhism
Posted 2/14/08 , edited 3/7/08
BBC Life of the Buddha documentary online on Veoh!
http://www.veoh.com/videos/v985706KBeznPHF?c=buddhismgems


The non-doing of any evil,
the performance of what's skillful,
the cleansing of one's own mind:
this is the teaching
of the Awakened.
— Dhp 183

Well, since lots of people like arguing about or trashing Islam and Christianity, and I'm Buddhist, I thought I'd create a thread on Buddhism to see what people would say.

So, who has something positive or negative to say about Buddhism? Who here is Buddhist?

EDIT: I created a group on Buddhism for those who are interested: http://www.crunchyroll.com/group/Buddhism

About Buddhism

Buddhism is popular because it acknowledges that the purpose of religion is to reduce and eliminate peoples' stress and suffering. Rather than being focused on making a god happy, it gets directly to the point and prescribes practices designed to reduce the stress and suffering that people experience. These practices are almost like psychotherapy; in fact certain Buddhist practices and concepts have been accepted into modern psychotherapy.

The Four Noble Truths:
1. Dukkha: suffering, unsatisfactoriness, discontent, stress;
2. The cause of dukkha: the cause of this dissatisfaction iscraving (tanha) for sensuality, for states of becoming, and states of no becoming;
3. The cessation of dukkha: the relinquishment of that craving;
4. The path of practice leading to the cessation of dukkha: the Noble Eightfold Path of right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.



"The serious pursuit of happiness"

Buddhism is sometimes naïvely criticized as a "negative" or "pessimistic" religion and philosophy. Surely life is not all misery and disappointment: it offers many kinds of happiness and sublime joy. Why then this dreary Buddhist obsession with unsatisfactoriness and suffering?

The Buddha based his teachings on a frank assessment of our plight as humans: there is unsatisfactoriness and suffering in the world. No one can argue this fact. Dukkha lurks behind even the highest forms of worldly pleasure and joy, for, sooner or later, as surely as night follows day, that happiness must come to an end. Were the Buddha's teachings to stop there, we might indeed regard them as pessimistic and life as utterly hopeless. But, like a doctor who prescribes a remedy for an illness, the Buddha offers both a hope (the third Noble Truth) and a cure (the fourth). The Buddha's teachings thus give cause for unparalleled optimism and joy. The teachings offer as their reward the noblest, truest kind of happiness, and give profound value and meaning to an otherwise grim existence. One modern teacher summed it up well: "Buddhism is the serious pursuit of happiness."

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bullitt/theravada.html

Buddhism is probably the only religion that encourages you to question whether it's valid or not. You're never expected to accept something simply because it's part of a scripture or something, but only if you've tested the claim and found it to be true, and see evidence for yourself that something is true. There is no blind faith in Buddhism.


No one can prove that the Tipitaka contains any of the words actually uttered by the historical Buddha. Practicing Buddhists have never found this problematic. Unlike the scriptures of many of the world's great religions, the Tipitaka is not regarded as gospel, as an unassailable statement of divine truth, revealed by a prophet, to be accepted purely on faith. Instead, its teachings are meant to be assessed firsthand, to be put into practice in one's life so that one can find out for oneself if they do, in fact, yield the promised results. It is the truth towards which the words in the Tipitaka point that ultimately matters, not the words themselves. Although scholars will continue to debate the authorship of passages from the Tipitaka for years to come (and thus miss the point of these teachings entirely), the Tipitaka will quietly continue to serve — as it has for centuries — as an indispensable guide for millions of followers in their quest for Awakening.
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IM BUDDHIST! PROUD TO BE oNE! WHOOOO!
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My family is Buddhist, although I'm not that much of a believer in it...at all. Even though I don't really believe in Buddha, I still celebrate the events and stuff... Personality, if I was forced to choose one religion to believe in, I'd choose Buddha. It kinda lets you think for yourself, theres no bible or anything to set out rules for you. ^-^ I think of freedom and peace whenever I think of Buddha.

On special occasions, we burn money. Not real money, but one with a square in the middle that is god, while the other side of the paper also has a square in the middle is silver. Theres also those long pieces of whitish paper. And then theres money that well, actually looks like money. We fold the money together such as a combination of 1 piece of those papers with squares in the middle, a few long whitish paper, and money.

We have this red coloured metal "pot", it's pretty big and it has a top thingy. My mom would have a lighter and she would light one of the stacks of paper and throw it in, the fire would start burning inside the metal pot. Then we'd slowly put the other combinations of paper inside. I love this part. My dad uses a nearby stick or whatever he can find the sometimes poke at the paper so it'd spread out and burn quicker.
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I am Buddhist/Aesthetic/not sure/want to/not really/kinda/I'll be one when I get to it/lazy/not sure again...

Overall, Buddhists are rather quite peaceful with other religions and themselves...we have no arch enemies...we are like: everyone is fine the way they are...no need to discriminate...peace to the people...its all good...
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Yea i follow it , like the philosophy very much
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the philosophy of buddhism is really nice, i just don't like the religious part. all the prayers, rituals, worshipping.....its just another religion now.
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My family is buddhist but I really dont care what religion I am....
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I'm a Christian, but I find the Buddha's teachings to be useful in cultivating good morals in people.
Really, in the materialistic world today, morals are important.
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my family has a history with Buddhism, but it was more of a philosophy b/c they were Theravada Buddhists (I think)
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buddhism is tied to many things in east asian culture, even if u arent buddhist many of the things u and ur family do and way of thinking are because of influences of buddhism, taoism, and confucianism.

buddhism is more cultural then religious. even christian asians believe in many buddhist things
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I'm not Buddhist, and have limited knowledge about the religion, however I really liked its teachings and can see where they are relevant in my life. I'm not a religious person and don't like things that can't be explained, so I see Buddhist philosophies as something that applies more to experiences in life rather than faith.
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Only bad thing I know of about Buddhism is how women are treated.. I mean, the women there dream of being reborn as a man for a reason! ._.
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AHTL wrote:

Only bad thing I know of about Buddhism is how women are treated.. I mean, the women there dream of being reborn as a man for a reason! ._.


I would want to be reborn as a man
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jmsberg wrote:


AHTL wrote:

Only bad thing I know of about Buddhism is how women are treated.. I mean, the women there dream of being reborn as a man for a reason! ._.


I would want to be reborn as a man


That's because you're a man

Is it just me or did the top part of CRoll change? oO
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I am Buddhist and I like it. What you do is it benefit/respect your ancestors.
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