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Buddhism
1.       yilgun-2010
572 posts
 04 May 2010 Tue 08:22 pm

I cannot understand...

What is Buddhism?

Is it a religion or ethics or philosophy?

Because as a Muslim we believe in three main religions and many prophets in the world.

Could somebody explain?

 



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2.       CynthiaSweet
1 posts
 04 May 2010 Tue 11:13 pm

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of life. Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path — a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.

 

Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the normal, Western sense. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. Thus Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, or gender. It teaches practical methods (such as meditation) which enable people to realise and utilise its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives and to develop the qualities of Wisdom and Compassion.

 

There are around 350 million Buddhists and a growing number of them are Westerners. They follow many different forms of Buddhism, but all traditions are characterised by non-violence, lack of dogma, tolerance of differences, and, usually, by the practice of meditation

 

I hope that this be a good answer^^

 

 

 

3.       alameda
3499 posts
 04 May 2010 Tue 11:36 pm

 

Quoting CynthiaSweet

..............a growing number of them are Westerners. They follow many different forms of Buddhism, but all traditions are characterised by non-violence, lack of dogma, tolerance of differences, and, usually, by the practice of meditation

 

I hope that this be a good answer^^

 

 

 

 

Not bad....but not exactly correct either....

 

"The warrior ideal is a central metaphor in Buddhism. Although it is not recognized now in the west, the warrior ideal and the influence of warrior culture has been central to the practice tradition at the heart of Buddhist doctrine. The loss of this understanding here and now is due in part to the cultural prejudice of the westerners who were first attracted to Buddhism. As western practitioners have matured they have rediscovered this dimension of practice."

 

more....

 

 


 

4.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 05 May 2010 Wed 04:54 pm

I think it might be interesting for people from any religion (or without religion) to read up on some Buddhism. I think a lot of the ideas from Buddhism are things that everybody can (and should) apply in their lives. Even if you don´t believe in rearcination, it can´t hurt to believe in karma. The teaching I perhaps like most is that hate can not be ended by hate. Hate is ended by love. This is an internal law. What I also find empowering is a form of acceptance that there are hard and negative things in life, but at the same time you should always strive to improve yourself.

5.       yilgun-2010
572 posts
 12 May 2010 Wed 01:18 pm

thank you for the informative posts

6.       gezegen
269 posts
 21 May 2010 Fri 02:04 am

yilgun - I suggest you to put all ´What is Buddhism, What is not´-points aside. Just take the following two quotes from Buddha into consideration and you could grasp what Buddhism is all about. (Sadly I remember them in Turkish, so I will try to translate into English now).

 

"If you are Buddha, read; if you aren´t, don´t read!"

"If it is necessary for you to survive, then burn all my wooden sculptures and get warm!"

 

 

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