According to Buddhism, the reason why we suffer so much in life is because we expect everything to last forever. Be willing to let things go because there are great blessings in surrendering and allowing.
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Just wish i could forget all about Buddhism and go back to being happy

I mean absolutely no disrespect to this sub or any other Buddhist out there, zero, i just wish i could forget about everything (how limited it may be) that i have learned intellectually about Buddhism and go back to being an innocent happy person (or atleast believing the illusion of it) again.

I first learned about Buddhism back in early 2012. Believe it not, i didn't start reading about Buddhism out of suffering, or a tragic experience and wanting peace like a lot of people. It was just because i heard about the Jhanas somewhere, and i heard they were these extremely pleasurable states of consciousness and so naturally i discovering meditation. From there i learned about Buddhism seeing as meditation is so crucial to it and started reading and reading. From there i learned about, the buddhas suttas, started reading from monks like Ajahn Brahm, Ajahm Chah, Ajahn Sumedho, Thicht Nhat Hanh etc and many thing to do with Buddhism like No Self, impermanence, dependant origination etc etc.

Now obviously (obviously) my understanding (misunderstanding) is extremely limited, and intellectual at best, but i just wish i could forget all about Buddhism and go back to being happy and relatively carefree.

For the past few years i am bombarded by constant thoughts, every waking moment about there being "no 'me', "no past, no future", "no other being 'out there'"', "this is just all just mind", and i feel constantly sick to my stomach and a prisoner of "my" thoughts.

Now ofcourse most people (non buddhist) would just say, don't think about this, but of course that is impossible. "I" have zero control over what thoughts appear in "my" awareness, they arise and pass just like clouds......

so heres where the real trouble begins, the thing that is causing the most pain right now. People who know that i am not my thoughts may say, "just observe the thoughts and let them arise and pass, don't give them any power" and heres where the real real trouble and pain for me exists. I know i dont exist as a seperate entity, and i know thoughts just come up out of nowhere, no one is thinking them. So i have zero control over anything... if a thought is sucking "me" in and im giving power to it, i have zero control over that whatsoever, also conversley; there is no me, so if a thought is just being let pass by, that is also not me doing that... its all just happening. I dont have control over anything at all. Sometimes i find myself watching thoughts and not letting them bother m

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Reading Buddhism Without Beliefs and incorporating Yin has fundamentally changed my practice.

(Full disclosure I’m in recovery - 40 days clean today)

I’ve been working on meditating and being present in my daily life. I picked up Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor which focuses on the dharma and teachings of Buddha before Buddhism became an organized religion. I highly recommend!

Learning about the dharma has improved my ability to focus on my breath and explore discomfort. As such, I decided to practice Yin before Vinyasa this week. Game changer. Overall I feel more connected to my breath, my body, the asana, and my third eye.

Current routine: revisit the dharma, meditate for about 5 minutes, stretch for 5-10 minutes, Yin for 30 minutes (no savasana), Vinyasa for 30 minutes, 5 minute savasana.

Let me know if you have any suggestions or questions!

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Buddhism is bullshit too

You know, Buddhism isn't as innocent as people make it out to be. No it's not as bad as Christianity, but Buddhism isn't great either. It's just as rife with superstitious bullshit like "karma" and "nirvana." There is no scientific proof of "karma", and it is a harmful concept because it perpetuates victim blaming - "oh that person had bad things happen to him because of karma!" Also, many Buddhists are against homosexuality, and Buddhists have committed genocide against other religious minorities like in Burma.

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The swastika holds much reverence within the major religions of the east- Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism – and is conducive to well-being, prosperity and luck.
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The self doesn't exist and modern science plus buddhism are supporters of this belief.

Believing the self doesn't exist has the following assumptions. I'm just going to make it simple and direct.

To those that don't believe in the self existing also, would you add anything?

  1. No free will - nothing is choosing.
  2. The identity doesn't matter. Legacy and values are arbitrary.
  3. Death is not bad and is something that you don't have to try and avoid. [Fighting survival gene]
  4. Absolutely everything is permitted.
  5. It's an illusion. The self is a ride and puppet for the genes.
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How do you feel about Buddhism? Deities and Buddhas aside, what do you think about the fundamentals of Buddhism?

To me Buddhism is the most appealing of all the major religions. I don't know if I could even call it a religion, more so a different school of philosophy, but I suppose that would depend on the person. Now I know that there are different practices of Buddhism, but I will be focusing mostly on the teachings of Siddhartha.

Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Understanding.

I think Siddhartha was right to say that all life is suffering, and that the cause of most of our suffering is through desire and attachment. Now not every case is the same and suffering can be caused without the attachments and desires of the victim, but in general I think it stands true.

I believe he was also right in stating that suffering is what connects life on earth, and that's we should try to feel compassion for everyone.

The integration of Buddhism in the West has been more beneficial than Christianity. Rather than it telling you what to think and believe, it tells you just to think and then believe. Your morals don't come from a book or from the fear of eternal damnation, but rather from just trying to be a better and more compassionate person. The proven benifeits of a meditation practice is no joke either. Meditation classes should be taught in public education. I feel more kids would have a better handling on their anxiety and depression this way.

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Zen Buddhism and ancient Greek Cynicism do not form an obvious pair. Surprisingly, they both urge a similar path to happiness by teaching how to be present. medium.com/illumination-c…
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Shark bookmark found in a used Buddhism book I found at my local used bookstore. Ironically I love sharks!
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Cowboy Bebop The Movie: Shadows and Buddhism

Okay before this gets taken down, I'm talking about Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. It's a film :P This started out as a comment I wrote in answer to a question someone had about the meaning of the movie and it quickly turned into a mini-essay. So I thought I would post it here, especially since yesterday, in another thread, we were talking about anime series that cinephiles would enjoy and Cowboy Bebop came up.

I am also gonna talk about the show because it’s hard to talk about the film outside the context of the series. Anyone who has seen all of the series and the movie should appreciate this. And let’s be honest, Cowboy Bebop isn’t really just a series. Every episode is a short film paying homage to various film styles and genres of music. There’s the episodes parodying Sci-fi horror (very obviously Alien), Blaxploitation, and old westerns. The first episode is a more serious homage to spaghetti westerns. There’s Jet’s french (anti-)romance episode (the bar his ex owns is called La Fin lol). These are just some examples. We could honestly write a separate video essay for each of the individual episodes.

Throughout all of this, the show has an overall arc that explores the themes I’m talking about below. I believe the film is both the key to fully unlocking the themes of the series and a mini-summary of the series-wide arc. The original question that sparked me writing this was: β€œWhat did Jet’s comment in the movie about Spike already being dead mean?” Okay, here we go:

I think it’s made pretty clear that the entire Cowboy Bebop Movie is just a dream Spike had while napping on the couch on Bebop between episodes 22 and 23. The movie starts and ends with him sleeping on the couch. Vincent is the man β€œwho lives in dreams”, all alone. Vincent knows he’s living in a false dream world, but he is the only one aware of it because he is more than just a part of Spike’s dream. The entire movie is centered around Spike facing off with Vincent for some (seemingly) inexplicable reason. It’s because Vincent is Spike’s shadow (in Jungian terms). He represents all of the things Spike doesn’t want to face and deal with yet; his unfinished business with Vicious and Julia. The dream forces him to face his shadow as a precursor and a foreshadowing to him facing his demons and his past at the end of the series. His almost dying in the dream is the final preparation for him to face death at the end of the show; it’s him being β€œgently guided into eternity.” I

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Buddhism denies the existence of Brahman/Absolute Reality, correct? How can anything exist, how can any phenomena happen with no Absolute Ground of Being?
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Probably the first meme about Buddhism on here
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Recovering Baptist Zen Buddhism

I'm sure I'm not the only one to have found solace in the teachings of Dogen and others to assuage the emptiness of losing one's dearly held, childhood religious beliefs. Brad Warner was brutal as he was helpful:

β€œIt's a frightening thing to be truly honest with yourself. It means you have no one left to turn to anymore, no one to blame, and no one to look to for salvation. You have to give up any possibility that there will ever be any refuge for you. You have to accept the reality that you are truly and finally on your own. The best thing you can hope for in life is to meet a teacher who will smash all of your dreams, dash all of your hopes, tear your teddy-bear beliefs out of your arms and fling them over a cliff.”

Maybe "assuage," was the wrong word. If I think about it too much it starts to make me laugh at the sheer absurdity of it all. Ha!

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Origins of the Mythology of Shambhala Buddhism

They have made available the transcripts of a series of seminars that Chogyam Trungpa gave to a select group of students between 1978 and 1984. I haven't had time to go through them thoroughly yet, but they're interesting because they throw light on several themes that get discussed now and then on this sub.

There's Trungpa's vision for the establishment of an actual, geographical Kingdom of Shambhala, which he intended to plant in the soil of Nova Scotia, Canada, which he regarded as virgin territory, populated by simpletons who would be easy to conquer.

His insecurity and paranoia come through at times. His need to bolster his ideas by denigrating others-- specifically the "setting sun" world (which includes pretty much everyone except him and the people he deemed worthy). Calling down supernatural punishment on students who did not keep his secrets.

His fascination with authoritarian regimes, and some pretty harsh (but fairly simplistic and uninformed) criticism of representative democracy. Inculcating in his students his notions of "natural hierarchy", and ensuring they understood their place in it as unquestioning servants. Quite a lot about his uniforms, and the many awards, medals, and honors he bestowed on himself... or rather, which he fancied supernatural beings bestowed upon him.

He also speaks quite a bit about his hallucinated conversations with voices he identifies as "rigdens", powerful beings who inhabit the celestial realm of Kalapa. In general he is very interested in portraying himself as a powerful person, and making sure everyone understands that his power is derived from divine sources, and is therefore unquestionable.

A lot of this is "old hat"-- as we know, his Nova Scotia invasion project failed, his attempts to establish a hereditary monarchy failed, much of his prodigal behavior was fueled by cocaine and other substance abuse, and his brand is more or less in retreat. However, I think it gives a valuable portrait of Trungpa's megalomania, and provides a useful counterweight to his public persona as some kind of sage, poet, or statesman.

Have a look.

https://gofile.io/d/OlxHCE

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Why Taoism and not Buddhism?

Was always curious on this.

I know you can have/practice/do both, and admittedly - I’ve always bounced back between the two.

And they do historically brush up against each other and share a lot of the same principles/philosophies - but, at the end of the day I still call myself a Taoist. Or if someone asks, I usually say I am a Taoist.

So I was curious - what makes you guys & gals say you’re a Taoist and not a Buddhist?

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Buddhism and Christians

Hi guys, I have been Buddhist for basically all my life. Recently, I discovered what Christians have been saying about Buddhism and how our beliefs are wrong and we are going to hell if we don't convert to their religion. Is this true? I'm 14 and I really want to know because it has caused me so much worry and anxiety. Thank you.

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Gojo's line came from Buddhism, I found out because of Record of Ragnarok, the line can be compared to Christianity's "I am the Light"
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€€€ Weekly /r/Buddhism General Discussion €€€ - January 25, 2021

This thread is for general discussion, such as brief thoughts, notes, updates, comments, or questions that don't require a full post of their own. Posts here can include topics that are discouraged on this sub in the interest of maintaining focus, such as sharing meditative experiences, drug experiences related to insights, discussion on dietary choices for Buddhists, and others. Conversation will be much more loosely moderated than usual, and generally only frankly unacceptable posts will be removed.

You can also use this thread to dedicate the merit of our practice to others and to make specific aspirations or prayers for others' well-being.

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Some chosen quotes about psychedelics from /r/Buddhism

"They are unrelated to Buddhism and have abuse potential but also medical potential. Used medicinally, they are to be understood as secular medicine. Used recreationally, they are probably an intoxicant that is unwholesome like alcohol."

  • /u/nyanasagara

"It is not encouraged. The "insights" from psychedelics are conditioned on an altered mind, not a clear one. Meditation is stable and leads everyone in the same direction. Psychedelics are chaotic and lead in every which way."

  • /u/MopedSlug

"Psychedelics are medicine. Treat them respectfully as such. If you’re in dire straits, I can see psychedelics helping someone get to a place where proper spiritual progress is possible, but not if one clings to the experiences through psychedelics as lasting spiritual insights rather than specific psycho emotional insights to resolve mundane afflictions."

  • /u/animuseternal

"Psychedelics are fun and all but it was no substitute for the time I spent cultivating a still mind."

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"So you’ve tasted blissful states. So you’ve seen deep experiences of letting go. Now what? What is your mind like on Monday morning when you’re rushing to get to work? How much will you fetishize psychedelic experiences because you need a release from daily living?

The practice is here and now. Learn to practice soberly. Take it seriously. Walk the path."

  • /u/awoodenboat

"I've done my share of psychedelics, like a lot, since I was a teen before I'd ever decided to learn about Buddhism. And what I can say is you will feel at times under those influences that you have discovered something profound. You will find in the morning, it no longer seems so profound. Because you were high, and you realize in the morning it was nothing. I'm not here to lecture anyone on using them, I'm just saying from my experience, it's useless for awakening."

  • /u/Vocanna

"They can have benefits. They can help you feel compassion, help you see the error in your ways, help open your mind to things you wouldn't have considered before. However, they also have their limits and dangers. They are limited in that they can't make you enlightened. Not in the buddhist sense anyway. There's no stream entry pill. They're also potentially dangerous. Some people may be traumatised by what they see. People who don't know they're prone to psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia might take them and experience acceleration of symptom development. From a Buddhist perspective, the biggest danger I see for myself i

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Secular Buddhism and the superior whiteness of being

With β€œmindfulness” and secular Buddhism increasingly shaping the everyday understanding of what the Buddhist tradition is, I thought I’d bring a critical lens to the table, as a visibly mixed-race Buddhist whose praxis is primarily rooted in "traditional" / "heritage" sources. Various presentations of Secular Buddhism have left me uneasy for a while, and I thought it was time that I put fingers to keyboard and make some inroads at a – admittedly limited – critique of this movement. What you read below by no means exhausts all of my criticisms.

First off, let’s start with the idea of racial coding and dog whistling, if you’re a person of colour, you will know that white identified people have a way of speaking about race and perpetuating racial essentialism, without ever mentioning black and brown people. Think of music categories like β€œurban” or descriptions like β€œghetto”.

What set off my spidey-senses, were the categories of β€œheritage” and β€œsecular”. Now, we know that the vast majority of Buddhists are heritage Buddhists and the vast majority of those, are people of colour. So I can only come to the conclusion that β€œheritage Buddhist” means… Asian person?

Secularism, as an ideology with its roots in Protestant theology, has very definite limitations when encountering a tradition like Buddhism. As many of the points of Protestantism were critiques of the Catholic church: β€œexcessive” and β€œblind” ritualism, theological control by a religious elite etc, these very often, unreflectingly, become arguments levelled at South Asian traditions like Buddhism, Hinduism etc.

Think of how Shakyamuni Buddha is described as a Martin Luther–like figure in the history of Indian β€œreligions”. Also, think of the reflexive repugnance/unease with Buddhist β€œrituals” and opposition to religious/ritual specialists/monastics etc. Many of these positions are simply secularised Protestant critiques of the Catholic Church.

Please keep my observations above in mind, as you go through my critiques below. For the rest of the article, I’ll be using the content on the FAQ page of the Secular Buddhist Association. You can find the link to their site here. So, let’s begin.

From the website’s FAQ page:

>β€œWhat is Secular Buddhism?
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>1. We allow questioning of a literal interpretation of rebirth.
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>*A minority

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AMA: I admit that Dogen Buddhism ISN'T ZEN

Standard wiki AMA questions:

>Not Zen? Suppose a person denotes your lineage and your teacher as Buddhism unrelated to Zen, because there are several quotations from Zen patriarchs denouncing seated meditation. Would you be fine saying that your lineage has moved away from Zen and if not, how would you respond to being challenged concerning it?

I've said this before but I've been itching for a fight for awhile and this is the only place where I can get that rush of confrontation. Come at me. Zazen was a novel interpretation of medieval Chinese practice that aligned neatly with Kamakura-era "one-practice" Buddhist trends. Subsequent lineages from Tang/Song Zen were in a tricky situation.

>2) What's your text? What text, personal experience, quote from a master, or story from zen lore best reflects your understanding of the essence of zen?

The trees and the wind in my back yard. I don't give a shit about old men. Come find me and we'll drink tea and maybe come to fisticuffs.

>3) Dharma low tides? What do you suggest as a course of action for a student wading through a "dharma low-tide"? What do you do when it's like pulling teeth to read, bow, chant, sit, or post on r/zen?

I never understood this question. If you aren't in a low tide you're probably some sort of deluded, privileged new-age idiot waiting for Buddha to enlighten you. Wait for a high-tide and swim to shore you little cuck.

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Buddhism *DESTROYED* by facts and logic
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What is the difference between Buddhism and Zen? Is Zen legit from the viewpoint of original Buddhism, or is it a perversion of the Buddhas teachings?
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This whole wall street thing made me think more about Buddhism

For the first 18 years of my life I had a typical Sri Lankan Buddhist upbringing. Once every few weeks the family would go to temple and I would sit under the Bo tree and chant like clockwork. Since my family spoke english at home, I never really understood most sermons (bhana) and chanting ghattas became more of a memorization exercise. My mom would try and interject, point out whenever she could the meanings of verses and tried her best to make me religious. I felt like I practiced the tenets to the best of my abilities but I never understood the meaning of attachment mostly because I was a kid without much interest in materialistic things or social activities beyond the norm.

Fast forward 8 years later to today. I have since moved to the US where things are much different. I don't know if my perspective is a function of age or whether it would have been different if I lived in Sri Lanka. I just eat, breathe, sleep worry/anxiety. Anxiety that my research won't work out. Anxiety that my parents are back home and I won't see them. Anxiety that I am not successful when I see my peers or if I am not living my "best" life... and now today, I see the whole r/wallstreetbets thing. I see my friends post about it and I keep beating myself with envy of how rich I could have become. I reminisce on the poor decisions I have made when it comes to the stock market. If it were only a day or two earlier or if I held to some stocks longer I would have been rich. If I bought bitcoin back in 2013 when I wrote an essay about how it was booming, I would have had a couple of hundred thousand dollars to my name. In reality, I'm living paycheck to paycheck.

Thinking the above made me really sad. I don't think too much about Buddhism especially when I'm out of SL as there isn't a Buddhist community here but for some reason, the current events triggered these thoughts. I wish things were simpler, longing for less commitments and less worry. The more attached I get, the more it causes despair. It took me 26 years to understand what it means to be a Buddhist and I wish I could have conditioned my mind better to tackle these hurdles.

Sorry for the rant. Just felt like I needed to get this out of my chest and didn't know of another outlet.

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The Nepal flag is the only national flag that is not quadrilateral in shape. It is made of two triangles. The triangles are said to represent Hinduism and Buddhism. They also represent the Himalayan Mountains.
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Why has Buddhism in Sri Lanka devolved into a worship of various gods/rituals/mysticism?

(First of all I am not intending to harm anyones religious beliefs, this is just my opinion about my religion and my concerns for its future, I respect all religions/atheists)

Buddhists in Sri Lanka are commonly seen worshipping gods/deities and partaking in rituals and mysticism instead of striving in their meditation and moral conduct as taught by the Buddha. This has gotten so prevalent to the point that Buddhist monastery's now have areas where they house Hindu gods and deities.

I completely understand that people want to find an easy fix for their spiritual path so they choose to follow the path that requires the least work and it just so happens that religions that worship a god or deities tend to lend themselves to these people because they can offload their effort and personal responsibility in ethics and moral conduct onto these deities.

But cant these people understand that they are unfortunately diluting Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the true teachings of the Buddhism will face the same situation it faced in India which led to the complete collapse of the Buddhist order? I guess all conditioned things even something as pure as the teachings of the Buddha is subject to impermanence, but we as Buddhists should at-least strive to lengthen the Buddhist order and the true teachings of the Buddha.

PS: ( I am myself guilty of mistaking god worship with Buddhism, because society in Srilanka that I grew up in, this has become the norm)

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Is Enlightenment the endgoal of Buddhism? (Always and only?)

I'm trying to write an essay correlating Buddha and Heraclitus takes on impermanence. And as though I'm much more familiar to the latter I've studied Buddhism before.

Heraclitus and Buddha reached the same conclusion around the same time in history about impermanence. They both had similar upbringings too. Both were from an aristocrat family and gave up their privileges to go in search of truths.

But they differ on the outcome Buddha was "the awaken one", "the enlightened" while Heraclitus was known as "the weeping philosopher", "the obscure" a real mysanthrope in most interpretations.

Even with all that I see Heraclitus as way more down to earth and way more relatable in his teachings. I don't believe in enlightenment or nirvana of any kind, so even though I like a lot of buddhism teachings and I can see those goals as some kind of utopian path that can guide us to relieve suffering I don't believe it can lead to cessation of suffering and if nirvana is the goal I don't even believe anyone can achieve it (even if we see it as something to be achieved over and over again).

But, am I missreading buddhism? I mean, the enlightenment part?

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How do you personally practice Buddhism on a daily basis?

Hello!

I'm currently researching Buddhism and I'm not sure i understand if there is more to the basics than simply being mindful of the Four Noble Truths, as well as engaging in Meditation at least once a day.

I'm curious to know your personal daily practice so that I may understand Buddhism more. Additionally, please feel free to provide some insight to something I may have missed thus far; I'm still in the process of researching so any information is welcome!

Thank you!

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TIL that a Mughal emperor, Akbar, hated religious intolerance so much he tried to combine all of India's religions into Din-i Ilahi (Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Jainism, and Buddhism) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
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Buddhism and Capitalism

I am wanting or trying to get into Buddhism and practice some Buddhist ideas and acts. But my politicial philosophy is capitalism. That doesn't mean I am a greedy person or want others to fail I just want the government out of the free market. Does this directly contradict the Buddha and can I be a capitalist and Buddhist?

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An interesting take on Buddhism and gender I wanted to share, from Buddhism After Patriarchy by Rita M. Gross
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Buddhism painting :D
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I wanna follow buddhism but i am part of the LGBTQ community

Hello! I do not know if anyone will see this but i have a genuine question, i haven't done much research but i wouldn't like to put my time into knowing the religion and the teachings just to end up findind out that it does not support me.... My question is, is buddhism against trangender people and lgbtq in general? I am a trans-male and bisexual, i am super interested in buddhism but i would like to know if it has prejudice against me and the LGBTQ community.
I hope this is not rude to ask, i am honestly intrigued and since i come from a christian background, i identify as agnostic as of now, and they are very much against the community so i would like to ask before i go deeper into buddhism.
Thank you so much to whoever reads and replies to me! Have an amazing day.

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Buddhism influenced Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer was influenced by an early translation of the Upanishads. Are there any instances of Eastern philosophers being influenced by Western philosophers?
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Hey this doesn’t really have to deal with Buddhism but I am Buddhist. How should I deal with a friend that is Christian saying that if I don’t convert I am condemned to hell?
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Can white americans become Buddhist and convert to Buddhism?

I want to convert to Buddhism. My father told me that only indians, chinese people, etc can be buddhist. I thought I could become one but I guess not.

I hope this isn’t true because I really would love to be welcomed into this religion. If someone could please tell me if I can become one even though I am white and American I would love that. Thank u!

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A closer look at Secular Buddhism and Cultural Appropriation

Hi guys, so I have another article on Secular Buddhist movement. I'll share it here in its entirety for comments/discussion. Thanks!

Full article below:

As part of my series in critiquing the Secular Buddhist movement, I thought it worthwhile to take a deeper look at the phenomenon of cultural appropriation, by taking a look at how we define culture. One of the claims of the Secular Buddhist movement is that culture can be separated from β€œthe Dhamma”. Now, let’s begin by having a look at the definition of culture and cultural appropriation and see whether this particular feat is possible.

For my analysis, I’ll look at two definitions of the word β€œculture” as listed in the Oxford Learners Dictionaries:

Definition one states that culture is/are: the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group.

Definition four states that culture is/are: the beliefs and attitudes about something that people in a particular group or organization share.

For the definition of cultural appropriation, I’ll be using an article from NCCP.org:

Cultural Appropriation: β€œTaking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artifacts from someone else's culture without permission. This can include unauthorized use of another culture's dance, dress, music, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional medicine, religious symbols, etc. It's most likely to be harmful when the source community is a minority group that has been oppressed or exploited in other ways or when the object of appropriation is particularly sensitive, e.g. sacred objects.” (Who Owns Culture? Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law; Susan Scafidi)

So we can see that: cultural appropriation refers to a phenomenon where dominant groups can change the very meanings of the cultural capital of other non-dominant groups and thereby marginalising the source community.

Now, let’s look at some claims in the FAQ section from the Secular Buddhism website. I’ve placed the entire section on appropriation here, and as you will see, problematic ideas around culture become immediately apparent, when placed alongside the Oxford Learners Dictionaries definition:

>2.We reject the appropriation of Asian/Diasporic culture/s as part of engagement with the Dhamma
You will see many references to separating the D

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In Burma (myanmar), 90% of the population practices Theravada Buddhism. Why isn't it the happiest country in the world?

"Buddhism (Burmese: α€‘α€±α€›α€α€«α€’α€—α€―α€’α€Ήα€“α€˜α€¬α€žα€¬) is practiced by 90% of the country's population, and is predominantly of the Theravada tradition.[2][3] It is the most religious Buddhist country in terms of the proportion of monks in the population and proportion of income spent on religion"

The country ranks 131st in the world happiness index, however. Why is this so? I though Buddhism makes people extremely happy?

Source: Cone & Gombrich, Perfect Generosity of Prince Vessantara, Oxford University Press, 1977, page xxii

https://countryeconomy.com/demography/world-happiness-index/burma

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Thoughts on Secular Buddhism please?

I have been dabbling in exploring the different branches lately, as you may have seen from my other posts. And I love learning about them - but I will open up and say that as an ex-Christian, the reasons I left Christianity were that I noticed I was picking and choosing what to believe and what not to believe (and by Christian standards it isn’t okay, even though it does happen.). Not only this, but I became traumatized during a dark time in my life when my prayers weren’t answered.

This is why I am weary of choosing any school that teaches about the 6 realms of existence. I am certainly not bashing any of them by the way! It is just my own personal dilemma I have in terms of it feeling much more religious in that sense. With this said, I have been on a back and forth track with Buddhism lately. It would help me so much to know more from you seasoned Buddhists about your thoughts on Secular Buddhism, that is, is it a valid form of Buddhism to you? Experienced Secular Buddhists are welcome to respond as well to this post. I greatly appreciate your help in my journey, friends.

Thank you.

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Other Buddhisms?

Hello, I'm new to reddit, this thread, and SGI. I used to be Christian many years ago & left due to a myriad of reasons. In October, I was introduced to Buddhism & specifically to SGI. Due to my religious trauma, I am extremely cautious to accept any type of religion I am offered. I've been researching Buddhism and SGI and found this reddit.

Based on what I've read, and my own personal beliefs, I find it hard to continue to follow SGI & Dr. Ikeda (I find it strange to follow a singular human in any manner). However, I really do like Buddhism as a philosophy/ religion. Is there any way I can still do this outside of the SGI? Do you all still follow Buddhism but just not SGI? Maybe the barebones, original Theravada?

Apologies if this question has been asked already. Thank you!

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[FS] [USA] Buddhism conversion sale: giving up all my cloutly possessions (Travis Scott Jordan 1's Size 10, Kith x Lebron Hoodie, Palace Tee, Vans x Thrasher, Kaws x Uniqlo Plushes and more) Reps + retail

Tag pic + timestamp: https://imgur.com/a/4g9LSK0

PayPal Invoice only

Alrighty gang, here's the deal, I'm moving out and I left a bunch of clout at my moms house. One man's unneeded swag is another man's come up. Here's what we got,.

REPS

SOLD - Travis Scott Jordan 1 - Size 10 - 8/10 condition - $100:

- These bad larry's are the top of the top tier batches, I don't know that name, but I can tell you that I paid $160 and only wore them on special occasions. The leather: soft as a baby, the suede: buttery like a biscuit; the 3m: flawless. The box and the black laces are missing, but I have the other 3 non-normie colors and the pink looks best anyways.

SOLD - Palace Jungle T-shirt - Size Large - 8/10 condition - $20

- This is the single best made rep I have ever worn when it comes to tee shirts. The blank is super thicc and cozy, and the print is extremely high quality. I've washed it a few times with no signs of cracking.

SOLD - Lebron x Kith Hoodie (Black) - Fits Large (Tagged XXL) - 9/10 condition - $20

- Medium quality blank but the embroidery is impressive for how cheap the hoodie was. Nuff said

6 God T-shirt - Fits Medium - 9/10 condition - $5 (add on)

- It's kinda small for me, cool graphic tho

RETAIL

SOLD - Kaws x Uniqlo x Sesame Street Elmo Plush - 8/10 condition - $50

- Bought this when it came out and its been sitting in a drawer, not sure how he got a small stain on the nose doing that but I am going to put it in the wash and maybe it'll come out. Either way, this is oodles cheaper than any of the ones you'll find on Grailed. Good accessory for a show room.

Kaws x Uniqlo x Peanuts Snoopy Plush - 9/10 condition - $55

- Bought this when it came out and its been sitting in a drawer, cheaper than Grailed, good show piece

Vans x Thrasher T-shirt - Large - 10/10 condition - $20

- I bought this shirt when it came out and literally never wore it. I could never pull off the "sk8ter boi" look, but I bet you can. Really nice blank and print.

Mr. Meseeks T-shirt - Large - 8/10 condition - $10

- You MUST have at least a 200IQ to wear this shirt, otherwise you would not understand the niche humor that comes with wearing it. Got it from Newbury Comics and don't wear it. Buy it if you like the show.

Comment with questions or offers

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What, in your opinion, IS Secular Buddhism?

Sorry if this seems so broad - I am definitely new here! Nice to meet you all. I am also part of another Buddhist group on Reddit, trying to learn what I can. I’ll start with this - I experienced traumas with Christianity (was raised as one my whole life, and in my darkest hour, my prayers were not β€œanswered.”) I don’t have a problem with anyone who follows a religion, but I am finding it hard to accept some scriptures and ideas found in Buddhism. I do not believe that they are impossible, but I also have nothing that would lead me to put my faith in them. (Such as the many gods and goddesses, 6 realms of existence, and reincarnation, etc.) I have a hard time believing anything that recognizes a place of extreme punishment (where only pain exists.) It was the same for me for Christianity - I chose not to follow it when I realized so many contradictions (God loves you, but depending on what he thinks of how you lived your life, you’re off to hell forever - even though he was referred to as our β€œFather.”) For me, all this led me to a back and forth with the different schools of Buddhism. I am trying to find somewhere I can belong with my skepticism (not quite disbelief.) I asked the other thread about their opinion on Secular Buddhism, can I really call myself a Buddhist while being secular, etc. What I really need is just a place where I can get my feet wet in knowing the basics of Buddhism without the additional complexities, and find out where I may go from there. Please help me! Any secular zoom meetings on Saturdays/Sundays as well? Thank you all!

Warm regards!

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To whom does the Void appear in Buddhism if there is no self? If the Void appeared to the Void, wouldn't there be no existence?

To whom does the Void appear in Buddhism if there is no self? If the Void appeared to the Void, wouldn't there be no existence?

I am trying to understand Buddhism better. Alan Watts was my main introduction to it and he led me to Mahayana and Nagarjuna who talked about the Void.

According to this encyclopedia entry below: https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Sunyata

"Mahayana Viewpoints Śūnyatā is a key theme of the Heart Sutra (one of the Mahayana Perfection of Wisdom Sutras), which is commonly chanted by Mahayana Buddhists worldwide. The Heart Sutra declares that the skandhas, which constitute our mental and physical existence, are empty in their nature or essence (i.e., empty of any such nature or essence). It also declares that this emptiness is the same as form (which connotes fullness)β€”i.e., that this is an emptiness which is at the same time not different from the kind of reality which we normally ascribe to events; it is not a nihilistic emptiness that undermines our world, but a "positive" emptiness which defines it.

Madhyamika Perspective The stance that no contingent entity has any inherent essence forms the basis of the more sweeping 'sunyavada' doctrine. In the Mahayana, this doctrine, without denying the value to things, denies any essence to even the Buddha's appearance and to the promulgation of the Dhamma itself.

For Nāgārjuna, who provided the most important philosophical formulation of Ε›Ε«nyatā, emptiness as the mark of all phenomena is a natural consequence of dependent origination; indeed, he identifies the two. In his analysis, any enduring essential nature would prevent the process of dependent origination, and indeed would prevent any kind of origination at all, for things would simply always have been and always continue to be.

This enables Nāgārjuna to put forth a bold argument regarding the relation of nirvāna and samsāra. If all phenomenal events (i.e., the events that constitute samsāra) are empty, then they are empty of any compelling ability to cause suffering. For Nāgārjuna, nirvāna is neither something added to samsāra nor any process of taking away from it (i.e., removing the enlightened being from it). In other words, nirvāna is simply samsāra rightly experienced in light of a proper understanding of the emptiness of all things.

Tathagatagarbha Sutras The class of Buddhist scriptures known as the Tathagatagarbha sutras presents a seemingly variant understanding of Emptiness. To counteract a possible nihilist

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"Monk GPS" in buddhism the monks are to walk around town in the morning and asking for foods for exchange of blessing and advice , the newly invented food bowl lid has GPS and QR code so people can track the monk in real time instead of waiting randomly.
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Where's Buddhism when you need it
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According to Buddhism, the reason why we suffer so much in life is because we expect everything to last forever. Be willing to let things go because there are great blessings in surrendering and allowing.
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€€€ Weekly /r/Buddhism General Discussion €€€ - February 01, 2021

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