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Today is Buddha's birthday. Celebrate by spreading joy and truth!

 
TheOriginalMind
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Today is Buddha's birthday. Celebrate by spreading joy and truth!
This year Buddha's birthday falls on May 17th. It's an opportunity to reflect, meditate, and focus on the importance of spreading joy and truth wherever you go.

It's also an opportunity to defend truth. Buddhists often talk about spreading joy and being truthful, but an important aspect of Buddhism is the recognition that truth must be defended, most fundamentally from oneself. The tendency and desire to ignore the truth in favor of other values is great, and so the need to cultivate objectivity and rationality is most great.

So regardless of whether you are a Buddhist or not, take this opportunity to reflect on joy and truth and objectivity.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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truth that there is no god? ok
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Happy birthday fat boy. bdance
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Bundistas celebrate
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i will pay my respects by visiting my local chinese food place
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truth that there is no god? ok
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 39920870


Such is the truth. So spread it.

i will pay my respects by visiting my local chinese food place
 Quoting: the poop


Mmmm...Chinese. That sounds damn fine right now.
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truth that there is no god? ok
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We see you trolling. That's what you want right? Attention? To be seen?

Ok we see you, now go back outside and let the grown ups talk.
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Thanks for the pin!

cheers
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"what is truth"?---pontius pilate
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"what is truth"?---pontius pilate
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That's the question Buddha asked. Insofar as Buddhism has a message, it's not about "what" is true, whether it's that there is a god or not, or whether x or y is right, or that him or her is just. It's that we should be truth-seekers. We should be objective. We should clear our minds.
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Im in the process of painting a buddha statue. I guess I should try finishing it today
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Im in the process of painting a buddha statue. I guess I should try finishing it today
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Everything has its time.
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The Buddhas birth and enlightenment is celebrated on the full moon in May (MAy 25). This is not correct Op.
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i will pay my respects by visiting my local chinese food place
 Quoting: the poop


Buddha was born in India, not China. The religion of Buddhism came out of India. I will pay my respects by preparing an India food feast today.
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Cool, it's Norway's National Day as well. Lovely, peace-loving country hf
If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a "peace conference," you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and aeroplanes.
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i will pay my respects by visiting my local chinese food place
 Quoting: the poop


Buddha was born in India, not China. The religion of Buddhism came out of India. I will pay my respects by preparing an India food feast today.
 Quoting: ElusivePisces 11156436


then why is at my local mom and pa chinese food place
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you can celebrate by spreading joy and truth on my birthday. or anyone's birthday. dumbass
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Im in the process of painting a buddha statue. I guess I should try finishing it today
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Everything has its time.
 Quoting: TheOriginalMind


I bought acrylics and needed to get some experience with color mixes and using brushes and things so I thought ornaments would be cool. I might post here again with a picture of it. It was my first attempt, especially with human skin color. Happy Birthday Buddha.
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Peace and love.
hf
(I'm male, mid-40's, and live and work in India as a designer. Writing is a passion of mine, as is painting. My avatar represents my protagonist against the Illuminati -a female warrior.)
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The Buddhas birth and enlightenment is celebrated on the full moon in May (MAy 25). This is not correct Op.
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Tell that to the South Koreans and the rest of East Asia.

[link to english.yonhapnews.co.kr]

hf
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i will pay my respects by visiting my local chinese food place
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Buddha was born in India, not China. The religion of Buddhism came out of India. I will pay my respects by preparing an India food feast today.
 Quoting: ElusivePisces 11156436


Mmmmm....Indian food. I'd take that right now too.
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Happy birthday holy fatso!
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Im in the process of painting a buddha statue. I guess I should try finishing it today
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1366745


Everything has its time.
 Quoting: TheOriginalMind


I bought acrylics and needed to get some experience with color mixes and using brushes and things so I thought ornaments would be cool. I might post here again with a picture of it. It was my first attempt, especially with human skin color. Happy Birthday Buddha.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1366745


I'd be happy to see it.

hf
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Im in the process of painting a buddha statue. I guess I should try finishing it today
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Everything has its time.
 Quoting: TheOriginalMind


I bought acrylics and needed to get some experience with color mixes and using brushes and things so I thought ornaments would be cool. I might post here again with a picture of it. It was my first attempt, especially with human skin color. Happy Birthday Buddha.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1366745


I'd be happy to see it.

hf
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Ok. Il post back
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What is 'truth' from the buddhist point of view? Is there a code or anything to follow, like what is given in the Bible?
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Today is my birthday.I'm honored to have this in common with Buddha. Thanks for sharing this,O.P.!
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This year Buddha's birthday falls on May 17th.
 Quoting: TheOriginalMind


grizzy Buddha's in Hell, as will be all of his followers who die in their sins.

THE TYCOON... [link to www.chick.com]
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What is 'truth' from the buddhist point of view? Is there a code or anything to follow, like what is given in the Bible?
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That depends which Buddhist you ask. If you are a Zen Buddhist like me, there's no truth of that sort that Buddhism aims to teach. The point of Buddhism, according to Chan and Zen teachings, is merely to return the mind to its natural objectivity, and thereby gain personal freedom, joy, friendship, and the like. Those who have attained this state of mental clarity - nirvana - then record what they learn over the course of their life. Those of us seeking mental clarity learn from their lessons and experiences. Hence why much Buddhist literature takes the form of stories.

If you are interested in reading any Buddhist texts of this sort, I recommend the 5-volume collection of Buddhist classics, translated by Thomas Cleary. He also has a 4-volume collection of Taoist works. You can buy each volume for about $20 and they are each packed full of original Buddhist works. Each volume is about 500 pages, for a total of about 2500 pages of incredible insight.
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This year Buddha's birthday falls on May 17th.
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grizzy Buddha's in Hell, as will be all of his followers who die in their sins.

THE TYCOON... [link to www.chick.com]
 Quoting: Judethz


Last I checked, Christians were commanded to do one thing: love. Passing judgment is not the province of Christians, but of Christ. I suggest you reflect on your own religion, be it today or any other day, and on the extent to which you're practicing it.
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Judeth or pedo194 you are the soul in hell. What do you think Jesus would say about your fedish for Japanese school girls. Is this of the light you dark soul.