Thread: Is anyone here a buddhist?
01-20-2005, 09:45 AM #1
Is anyone here a buddhist?
I am starting to get very interested in Buddhism. The entire concept appeals to me alot. It just "feels" right.
I went to the local tibetan buddhist place here in town and got a introduction to buddhism and a introduction in ways of meditating and I dont know if it was the meditation but that night I sleep VERY GOOD without sleep meds for the first time in a year. A short meditation yesterday also enabled me to fall asleep easily afterwards with just half the regular dosage.
I guess its like the woman said that held the introduction said. That it takes over a year to learn how to meditate. That its just relaxation in the begining.
If there is any buddhis here what books do you recommend? Im gonna read most things by Dalai Lama.
To bad there is no "buddhist bibel" if I have understood things right.
01-20-2005, 11:17 AM #2
I am, try "The Essential Lotus." I went one day during basic and felt thats where I belonged.. Sorta odd but thats how it was.
01-20-2005, 11:49 AM #3
Thanks bro Il check it out. Is that the same as "the lotus sutra"
01-20-2005, 02:38 PM #4
My gut looks like a Buddha......does that count??
01-20-2005, 02:57 PM #5
Buddhism is a great religion. Ive studied it somewhat. There are different branches. Zen is one that I have studied the most, if your into martial arts at all, you would know they are closely related (Asian oriented at least). Ammida I havent studied at much, but you will very soon see if you do study, it sounds just like Christianity in a way.
01-20-2005, 03:33 PM #6
Im into tibetan buddhism. Not realy interested in the other branches
01-20-2005, 04:43 PM #7Originally Posted by Badgerman
Is buddhism a religion or way of life? does buddhism talk of creation or things to come or anything?
01-20-2005, 04:49 PM #8
I havent realy gone to deep into it yet. But it apperes to be a way of life mostly I guess. A guideline on how to live a life with he goal of reaching a total understanding of the true nature of reality and also a guideline on how to be kind and loving to the entire world.
It doesnt talk about any kind of heaven or hell from what I understand. It centers around rebirth over and over again until enlighement is reached and the soul can reach nirvana, escape the suffering of life and be released from the rebirth cycel.
Im sure someone else can explain it better cause I realy dont know much yet
01-20-2005, 04:53 PM #9Originally Posted by johan
01-20-2005, 05:09 PM #10Originally Posted by max2extreme
When I went to the buddhist place and heard the woman talk about buddhism and feelt her presence and tried to mediate it feelt like I belonged there. I dont know if the feeling will last when I start to go there often or if buddhism will feel as "right" in half a year. But for now it feels like I have found a missing piece of me. I realy hope the feeling will last.
From everything I have read/heard so far its a truly beatifull way of living. The thing that got me thinking about buddhism is "art of happines" by howar clarke based on interviews with dalai lama and I got struck by how calm, loving and peacfull dalai lama seems and his philosphies made me realise many of the misstakes I do daily.
01-20-2005, 05:56 PM #11Retired Vet
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Wasn't there a heated debate awhile back with someone claiming to be a buddist here?.
01-20-2005, 06:02 PM #12
I hate religion but if I had to choose any it would be Buddhism. Its all about bettering yourself and finding the road to Nirvana and enlightemnet. I am not sure but I think Buddhist's believe that each life is just a way of reaching Nirvana, so each life you live you meditate and be as good as you can be and that adds points, so to speak. So you live several hundred lives and if you have done well in each then eventually you are enlightened (Dalhi Llama is an example) and then you can reach Nirvana. This may not be completely accurate but this is how I understand it. But its all about living a good life and bettering yourself.
01-20-2005, 06:51 PM #13Originally Posted by seanw
01-21-2005, 04:34 AM #14Originally Posted by max2extreme
But many religions have SO many rules that are fixed. Obey this rule or you will suffer kind of stuff.
Buddhism is about trying the best you can. If you fail somehow to follow the guidelines then it wont mean your going to hell. It just means you havent reached enlightment yet. The only punishment you get is through karma. What comes around goes around. Buddhism also belives that selfish actions makes the person suffer inside and that also stops him from reaching enlightment.
According to buddhism only way to true enlightment is through knoweledge and compassion.
01-26-2005, 09:47 PM #15
All religion is about being the best you can be. And I surely don't believe in reincarnation. I believe every one soul is unique.
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