Getting into Buddhism

3 years, 3 months ago

As I’m maturing I’m rapidly noticing certain aspects of my personality becoming more prominent, others diminishing, as is to be expected from maturing. The views I’ve developed over the years seem in line with those taught by Buddha, but I also have a few conflicting traits I would like to rid myself of. Because of this, I had developed an interest in Buddhism. Now that I’ve become a HEthen myself, I thought this would be the perfect time to pursue the idea more seriously, knowing that many of you would be able to teach me some things about it.

December 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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Profile photo of Jøshua Jøshua (@tantchula) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

Well I started getting into eastern philosophy for the same reason and it lead to so many things changing in my life. I’m sure you know the holy trinity of mind, body, and soul that makes up yourself. Well the balance between the 3 is where many of Buddhist practices come into play like meditation, yoga ,and smoking weed. (well maybe not that last one but i think it helps.) I admit I don’t do enough of these rituals (other than smoke); however, it feels great when you do this often. I recommend reading something by the Dalai Lama or i really enjoyed “Hardcore Zen” by Brad Warner. Also if you haven’t read much eastern philosophy read “Tao Te Ching” translated by Stephen Mitchell.

ohh and i love science so check out this Buddhism video…watch both parts!

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Profile photo of Sean D Stevens Sean D Stevens (@thelaughingfool) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

I consider myself a Buddhist not because I follow the Buddha’s teachings, but rather his example. To me, the Buddha always seemed to be a rebellious figure. If you read the Bhagavata Gita, you realize that Hinduism, the other predominate religion Siddhartha would have been familiar with, is all about servitude. I like the way they present it (much better than the Abrahamic religions), but everything revolves around absolute dedication to Lord Krishna. So for Sid to say that it was possible to understand without servitude was really a bold statement. With that in mind, I call myself a Buddhist, ad I read the Buddha’s teachings and take them seriously, but I’m determined to forge my own path toward enlightenment.

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

Why Buddhism? Why become religious? Care to elaborate more?

I mean, buddhism holds LOTS of wisdom, but it’s still a fixed path with a lot of rules. It doesn’t hold many answers, and there are lots of buddhists who aren’t enlightened at all and even miserable. I don’t recommend buddhism since it’s too much of a religion, which also pretty much goes against what buddha taught.

Why stick to such a path, when you could gather knowledge and find your own path? Considering how there are so many buddhists and how so few of them really live the teachings and how even fewer are enlightened, I don’t see what’s so appealing about it.

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Profile photo of quarkzorb quarkzorb (@quarkzorb) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

@manimal,

i agree with you entirely. undoubtedly buddhism has many teachings that is great for the soul, but the dogma that has been brought forward to this present date may seem to be unsatisfying.

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Profile photo of Daniel Tate Daniel Tate (@dctate) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

Read/listen to Alan Watts. He speaks about Zen, which could be comparable to Buddhism without the dogma. He has quite a way with words, and raises some very interesting points.

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Profile photo of Rutger Rutger (@capnderp) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

Actually manimal, buddhism doesn’t know any ‘fixed rules’. They’re only guidelines, and you are entirely free to follow the ones you feel work best for you. For instance, classic Buddhism would suggest you keep mindfulness, and don’t cloud your thoughts through intoxication. I on the other hand feel several drugs can only open your mind further. Nothing in buddhism says I can’t do that, and it wouldn’t make me any less of a buddhist if I chose to do so. It’s not a religion, it’s a philosophy

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Profile photo of Rutger Rutger (@capnderp) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

Further more, I chose to learn it because much of it made a lot of sense to me, and was nothing like a switch in my life; all it did was improve further upon things I had always already done and felt. I have no interest in becoming religious about it in any way, I’m an agnostic at heart who believes that if such a thing as an all powerful deity exists, it would be beyond my simple soul to even try to comprehend anything about it.

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Profile photo of Martijn Schirp Martijn Schirp A (@martijn) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

All buddhist rules should be seen in the light of upaya, or, skillfull means. There are many reasons why these have crystallized into fixed rules, the extreme difficulty of enlightenment is one of them, not being able to understand what is good for you or what is true as long as you aren’t enlightened is another.

Also, it’s quite hard to talk about buddhism as being one thing. There are still many schools that have different ways of interpreting the teachings of the buddha.

Anyways, my personal motto when it comes to wisdom: “One recognizes one’s course by discovering the paths that stray from it.” — Camus

Neti neti.

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