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Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life.

Buddhism teaches that all life is interconnected, so compassion is natural and important.

Buddha was not a God.

He never claimed to be a God.

He never claimed to be a son of God.

He never claimed to be a mesasnger of God.

He was a man who achieved Nivana through human effort.

Buddha did not have an ego, unlike jesus and muhammad. His teachings were simple to help others on the path of enlightenment, not to sustain a state of power and importance.

Buddha, like Jesus and Mohammad are examples of what we are all capable of. If everyone achieved this state of consciousness we would all be basking in the divine ecstasy of existence at all times and each day would just be about creating beautiful things.

Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent - change is always possible
- unlike most religions which promote and endure violence due to not being able to accept the way society has changed because the books (bible, qu'ran) Have a firm set of rules which you must follow or you will be punished), ie, the way we dress, the way we eat, who can love who. the way we live in general.

Now we've all seen the protests and violence which came from a recent video depicting one mans opinion. Both sides of the argument are wrong and should not carry on what they are doing, as all they are bringing to the world are pain, death and fear. Nothing positive, which is what they think they are doing.

Why Buddhist could help save this entire world from self destruction:

Non-violence is at the heart of Buddhist thinking and behaviour. The first of the five precepts that all Buddhists should follow is "Avoid killing, or harming any living thing."

Buddhism is essentially a peaceful tradition. Nothing in Buddhist scripture gives any support to the use of violence as a way to resolve conflict.

''In times of war
Give rise in yourself to the mind of compassion,
Helping living beings
Abandon the will to fight.''

Figures like the Dalai Lama (who won the Nobel Peace Prize) demonstrate in word and deed Buddhism's commitment to peace.

"Hatred will not cease by hatred, but by love alone.
This is the ancient law."

And now a few quotes from Buddha

“Change is never painful; Only resistance to change is painful.”

''Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ''

''To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.''

''We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ''

''Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.''

''Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.''

More quotes can be found here:- [link to www.brainyquote.com]

hf
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To make this thread shows you don't.
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To make this thread shows you don't.
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Err what? Just sharing the ancient knowledge bro :)
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Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life.

Buddhism teaches that all life is interconnected, so compassion is natural and important.

Buddha was not a God.

He never claimed to be a God.

He never claimed to be a son of God.

He never claimed to be a mesasnger of God.

He was a man who achieved Nivana through human effort.

Buddha did not have an ego, unlike jesus and muhammad. His teachings were simple to help others on the path of enlightenment, not to sustain a state of power and importance.

Buddha, like Jesus and Mohammad are examples of what we are all capable of. If everyone achieved this state of consciousness we would all be basking in the divine ecstasy of existence at all times and each day would just be about creating beautiful things.

Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent - change is always possible
- unlike most religions which promote and endure violence due to not being able to accept the way society has changed because the books (bible, qu'ran) Have a firm set of rules which you must follow or you will be punished), ie, the way we dress, the way we eat, who can love who. the way we live in general.

Now we've all seen the protests and violence which came from a recent video depicting one mans opinion. Both sides of the argument are wrong and should not carry on what they are doing, as all they are bringing to the world are pain, death and fear. Nothing positive, which is what they think they are doing.

Why Buddhist could help save this entire world from self destruction:

Non-violence is at the heart of Buddhist thinking and behaviour. The first of the five precepts that all Buddhists should follow is "Avoid killing, or harming any living thing."

Buddhism is essentially a peaceful tradition. Nothing in Buddhist scripture gives any support to the use of violence as a way to resolve conflict.

''In times of war
Give rise in yourself to the mind of compassion,
Helping living beings
Abandon the will to fight.''

Figures like the Dalai Lama (who won the Nobel Peace Prize) demonstrate in word and deed Buddhism's commitment to peace.

"Hatred will not cease by hatred, but by love alone.
This is the ancient law."

And now a few quotes from Buddha

“Change is never painful; Only resistance to change is painful.”

''Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ''

''To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.''

''We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ''

''Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.''

''Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.''

More quotes can be found here:- [link to www.brainyquote.com]

hf
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valenn
there is biggest lies budhist tell:
no ego
human beings can not survive without ego...
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I agree a lot with the foundations of buddhism. but people have shaped it into something else, like they always do. the rules and dogma you mentioned have taken hold there too. as for the nobel peace price being a batch of honour... henry kissinger received one and so did obama.

guess my point is, to be spiritual and good you don't need to subscribe to any one religion or philosophy.
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there is biggest lies budhist tell:
no ego
human beings can not survive without ego...
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Yes we can, it has been done, and people are doing it as we speak.
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there is biggest lies budhist tell:
no ego
human beings can not survive without ego...
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Yes we can, it has been done, and people are doing it as we speak.
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it cant happen..just reading some philosophy or books doesn't make one buddhist..my country gave birth to budhism so i know a little bit about it.
death of ego is death of the person itself.nobody can live without identity..all these philosophical things are dangerous..just read them.
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I'm a Buddhist who follows Christ.

Thank you for posting this information. hf
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''To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.''

''We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ''


Absolutely,

Love and Gratitude
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the biggest lie the devil ever foisted on the world was not to convince it he didn't exist, it was to convince it to externalize religion into the hands of a few. To discover your heart is to discover GOD. This is why so many fail, they never really look within.
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''To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.''

''We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ''


Absolutely,

Love and Gratitude
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I'm glad at least one person found a bit of happiness from my thread :)
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Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life.

Buddhism teaches that all life is interconnected, so compassion is natural and important.

Buddha was not a God.

He never claimed to be a God.

He never claimed to be a son of God.

He never claimed to be a mesasnger of God.

He was a man who achieved Nivana through human effort.

Buddha did not have an ego, unlike jesus and muhammad. His teachings were simple to help others on the path of enlightenment, not to sustain a state of power and importance.

Buddha, like Jesus and Mohammad are examples of what we are all capable of. If everyone achieved this state of consciousness we would all be basking in the divine ecstasy of existence at all times and each day would just be about creating beautiful things.

Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent - change is always possible
- unlike most religions which promote and endure violence due to not being able to accept the way society has changed because the books (bible, qu'ran) Have a firm set of rules which you must follow or you will be punished), ie, the way we dress, the way we eat, who can love who. the way we live in general.

Now we've all seen the protests and violence which came from a recent video depicting one mans opinion. Both sides of the argument are wrong and should not carry on what they are doing, as all they are bringing to the world are pain, death and fear. Nothing positive, which is what they think they are doing.

Why Buddhist could help save this entire world from self destruction:

Non-violence is at the heart of Buddhist thinking and behaviour. The first of the five precepts that all Buddhists should follow is "Avoid killing, or harming any living thing."

Buddhism is essentially a peaceful tradition. Nothing in Buddhist scripture gives any support to the use of violence as a way to resolve conflict.

''In times of war
Give rise in yourself to the mind of compassion,
Helping living beings
Abandon the will to fight.''

Figures like the Dalai Lama (who won the Nobel Peace Prize) demonstrate in word and deed Buddhism's commitment to peace.

"Hatred will not cease by hatred, but by love alone.
This is the ancient law."

And now a few quotes from Buddha

“Change is never painful; Only resistance to change is painful.”

''Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ''

''To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.''

''We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ''

''Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.''

''Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.''

More quotes can be found here:- [link to www.brainyquote.com]

hf
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so im guessing ur going to set yourself on fire soon
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just no truth in it
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Buddhism is a form of religion.

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He had an ego,
he gave it up for
the benefit of all beings.

How could a guy with a harem of ten's of thousands of
women not have an ego. lol

valenn
there is biggest lies budhist tell:
no ego
human beings can not survive without ego...
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Yes we can, it has been done, and people are doing it as we speak.
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it cant happen..just reading some philosophy or books doesn't make one buddhist..my country gave birth to budhism so i know a little bit about it.
death of ego is death of the person itself.nobody can live without identity..all these philosophical things are dangerous..just read them.
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Buddhism disconnects from the passions of life, whereas religion embraces it. It's not enlightenment, it's teaching yourself to not have a strong emotion. Enlightenment comes in many forms.
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I don't think Buddhism denies the evil ones do exist.

the biggest lie the devil ever foisted on the world was not to convince it he didn't exist, it was to convince it to externalize religion into the hands of a few. To discover your heart is to discover GOD. This is why so many fail, they never really look within.
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not always who or what you think it is though?

I don't think Buddhism denies the evil ones do exist.

the biggest lie the devil ever foisted on the world was not to convince it he didn't exist, it was to convince it to externalize religion into the hands of a few. To discover your heart is to discover GOD. This is why so many fail, they never really look within.
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zen meditation is the only thing i've found that's actually given me long term inner peace and contentment, if everyone did it the world would be a much better place.
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Take a good look all you GLPers that claim to be "awake", for this poster is.
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I think I hear the sound of one hand slapping!
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embrace your lower nature, embrace your ego and empower yourself...there is no need to be ashamed of your nature..
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I always said to get a goose out of a bottle...
broken bottle and bloody goose

I think I hear the sound of one hand slapping!
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Buddhism is a form of religion.

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[link to en.wikipedia.org]
"Buddhism is often described as a religion and a collection of various philosophies, based initially on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, known as Gautama Buddha. To many, however, Buddhism is not a religion, nor a philosophy or a set of doctrines, but rather teachings to guide one to directly experiencing reality. Buddhism is also known as Buddha Dharma or Dhamma, which means roughly the "teachings of the Awakened One" in Sanskrit and Pali, languages of ancient Buddhist texts. Buddhism began around 5th century BCE with the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who was born in Ancient India, and is hereafter referred to as "the Buddha."

Also i see a lot of negative comments appearing on this thread now, and you guys are all forgetting that buddhism only promotes positivity. You clearly are all forgetting the main purpose of The teachings. But i suppose you support the hate that religions promote?
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EVERYONE Has a religion

We all ask

1) How did I get here?
2) Why am I here?
3) What happens after I die?

That is religion.

You get one chance, hopefully you have the right answersby th end.
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So tired of westerner hippie who only see one aspect of "Buddhism". You are wrong, Buddhism is a religion, you guys mostly have a wishy-washy conception of half-baked pseudo-Zen...budddhism is more than Zen, why don't you put down the new-age paperback Zen and read some academic papers about Buddhist history, doctrine, etc... read about different sects and traditions within Buddhism u will see it is very much a "religion" like any other with rituals, superstitions, etc, but it's probably pointless to talk to u because people see what they want to see.

Don't get me wrong I dont bash Budhism only the shallow new-age Westerner version that ignores 90% of the reality and focus only on "spirituality not religion." pick
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Great and Important Post OP!

The ego--self sense--is an illusion. You are an inseparable part of the Whole. You can not separate "yourself" from ALL that IS.

Sincere Buddhists follow honorable and integral moral codes, based on the Precepts, which are taken and practiced voluntarily.

Spent a year in Thailand as a personnel officer in USAF. After reading a first edition of "Buddhism Explained," and having an Infinite Light experience during meditation, resigned my commission because I could no longer be a part of the war machine.

Have followed the Precepts and occasional Vipassana meditation ever since, with complete peace of mind, and no fear of "death."

"Buddhism Explained" book available at Amazon (highly recommended for a more complete understanding) [link to www.amazon.com]

Vipassana Meditation explained here [link to www.dhamma.org]
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There is no hope in Buddhism, only in Christ.
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Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life.

Buddhism teaches that all life is interconnected, so compassion is natural and important.

Buddha was not a God.

He never claimed to be a God.

He never claimed to be a son of God.

He never claimed to be a mesasnger of God.

He was a man who achieved Nivana through human effort.

hf
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Where I am is filled with at least 90% Buddhists. They claim a pure Tibetan tradition. Theirs is the unofficial de-facto state religion. And it is very much a religion to them. I am surrounded by both generational practicing Buddhists, as well as secular people who are Buddhist in name only.

I have observed that seemingly most Buddhism practiced here involves worship of Buddha, and to a lesser extent, worshiping or otherwise venerating ancestral and other spirits. This seems quite different than the Buddhism I've researched while in the West. But it is the reality on the ground here.

In the capital city the Buddhist culture is very full of ego, and generally lacking in compassion on the street, accompanied by short tempers and resulting violence, which is common here. I'm not saying this to demean anyone, but simply to illustrate the reality of Buddhist culture as it is practiced in at least one Buddhist-controlled & dominated nation.

The moral of my observation here is that human nature tends to be the same no matter where you are at, or whatever religion people uphold. Buddhism as it is practiced here I've observed holds no special enlightenment over other religions, nor is it tolerant or accepting of other belief systems in practice. It seems to suffer the same limitations I've seen in other religions in practice, as it is limited to the constraints of human nature that also inhibit other religions.

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