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Buddhism. - July 24th 2012, 07:27 PM

I've been struggling with my belief system and values, I guess, for a while. I've fallen out of Catholicism and I know that is the best choice for me. I've been looking into the idea of Buddhism a bit, and I know it is more a way of life than a religion, and I'm interested in learning more about it.

Do any of you practice Buddhism? If so, advice/resources? Thanks!

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Re: Buddhism. - July 25th 2012, 03:49 AM

I was actually a theistic Buddhist my early years since I was raised that way, and now it's one of my most respected religion, due to the fact it's so peaceful. I'd call myself a Buddhist if they didn't believe in karma and reincarnation.

The primary belief of Buddhism is the four noble truths, which basically says to endure all suffering. People who have done so are enlightened, and are in nirvana, (to the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished.)

It's a self reinforcing religion (or life style) that enforces morality, self control, and tolerance.
Buddhist texts are called Sutras

Heres Sylvia Boorsteins interpretation of the four noble truths.

1. Life is challenging. For everyone. Our physical bodies, our relationships-all of our life circumstances-are fragile and subject to change. We are always accommodating.
2. The cause of suffering is the mind’s struggle in response to challenge.
3. The end of suffering-a non-struggling, peaceful mind-is a possibility.
4. The program for ending suffering is the Eightfold Path.

Got that from wikipedia, The Four Noble Truths. And the definition of nirvana

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Re: Buddhism. - July 25th 2012, 04:53 AM

Read Pema Chodron. She is stunning, and one of my favourite writers ever.

I was active in Buddhist practice for some time and also seriously considered entering Buddhist monasticism. For me, getting involved in local groups was very important - meeting people, bouncing ideas and experiences of various teachings with each other, and so forth. And having a daily practice of some kind - meditation, reading, chanting, whatever.

And also have an awareness that while western Buddhism is indeed more a way of life/guidelines for conduct than a religion, in many Asian countries, their practice of Buddhism is very much "religious" - and in a lot of ways, not too different from Catholicism in the west! Folks are always somehow surprised to hear this, but it is true. Buddhism is not perfect.

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Re: Buddhism. - July 26th 2012, 01:05 PM

Im a practising Zen Buddhist and i would be happy to answer any questions you may have to the best of my knowledge. Pm me if you would like.

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Re: Buddhism. - July 26th 2012, 01:34 PM

My parents practice Sōka Gakkai Buddhism. It has interested me but I'm not the type for any form of religion.

I tend to zone out now whenever they talk about it :') I know the basics of chanting (Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō) to the gohonzon but that's pretty much it.

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Re: Buddhism. - July 27th 2012, 11:58 AM

Also, allow yourself to look around a bit. Find a belief system that fits your values, don't fit your values to a belief system.

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