I Am Buddhist

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 470 People

    "I Practice Buddhism"

    To all EP Buddhists: I'd like to invite everyone to join "I Practice Buddhism", a group I just created to be EP's Virtual Sangha for all Buddhists and those interested in Buddhism. There are 16 different Buddhist groups in EP, with 161 individual members distributed...
    50percent 50percent
    51-55, M
    13 Responses Sep 19, 2007

    My Choice... My Salvation...

    I can't say that I am a Buddhist because I am just at the beginning of my inquiry but so far so good! :) I shared my plans to visit a Buddhist temple and my friend had the weirdest comment- I wasn't expecting it... She said "Why would you want to give up your...
    aniave aniave
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Dec 1, 2009

    Understanding The Concept Of Life And Spirit

    Joseph says that the reason we are here sitting down together is because in our past life we all once sought for a greater peace within us. We had achieved in doing a wonderful task for somebody or something which is why we live the lives we do today in this world...and in this...
    Whales915 Whales915
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 14, 2013

    Am I Or Not?

    I don't believe going to church makes you a catholic, and I dont believe learning different languages and memorizing quotes makes you a Buddhist. That's how Ill start this. I am currently a catholic, following jesus, and making my decisions as close to his guidance as possible...
    Jaybaylif Jaybaylif
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jan 8, 2012

    Church of Happy Thought Is up

    and running!Place for all these who were rejected and neglectedWe are in a very difficult time of our civilization. 1 billion people are living in areas affected by war. Hundreds of thousand lost everything and are displaced with no perspective for the future. We are facing...
    BolekBis BolekBis
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Dec 9, 2015

    Fatigue

    Fatigue dominates the lives of those who are living without direction and dreams. -Robert S. Sharma (author 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari').
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Mar 16, 2013

    Whenever I see depictions of Buddha I notice

    that he's different looking in each country. We all know that Siddhartha was from India, so why do Buddhist statues in Eastern Asia look, well, Eastern Asian? I get that maybe they're trying to make the statues connect with the audience in that particular area, but I feel like...
    brandonflowers brandonflowers
    16-17
    2 Responses Jul 8, 2015

    Pain In Life

    An aging Zen master grew tired of his student complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the master...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 5, 2013
    LenapeYengwe LenapeYengwe
    31-35
    Aug 27, 2015

    Am I Or Not?

    I don't believe going to church makes you a catholic, and I dont believe learning different languages and memorizing quotes makes you a Buddhist. That's how Ill start this. I am currently a catholic, following jesus, and making my decisions as close to his guidance as possible...
    Jaybaylif Jaybaylif
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jan 8, 2012

    Living In a Small Southern Town

    I am a teacher in a small country school. I have a large Buddha tattooed on my arm.  All my kids are Christians or what they consider Christians. It has been a very different experience for me and for them . Then I think back to when I met the first person that called them...
    EverythingIsZen EverythingIsZen
    41-45, M
    5 Responses Sep 22, 2008

    Does Buddhism and Christianity contradict each

    other? I feel as though it's possible to be both?
    ASadCatNamedNadia ASadCatNamedNadia
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Dec 29, 2015
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    2 Responses May 29, 2013

    Things I Learned From A Lawyer Who Sold His Ferrari

    I just met Julian Mantle, a successful and smart American lawyer who had nothing in mind but work. One day, he suddenly fainted in the middle of the courtroom. When he woke up, his doctor gave him two options: give up being a lawyer or give up life. That was his wake up call. He...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2013

    What Is a "FORTUNE Baby?"

    In Nichiren Buddhism, a fortune baby is born to a woman who practices Buddhism while the child is in the womb. It is thought that through practicing Buddhism while pregnant, your child will inevitably inherit the good fortune accumulated by actively participating in your faith by...
    VegaLove VegaLove
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Dec 15, 2008

    I Have Been a Bad Person In the Past.

    I have lived a rough life and have been quite an avid fan of sin.  I have thought about converting to Buddism or Taoism. 
    wikkedirish wikkedirish
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Jul 22, 2008

    Complex Human

    This is so true. How many of us have forgotten that the essence of life is to live in the present and not to worry too much about the past and the future? I mean, it is ok to think about the future and look back to your past. Our future and past guide us. But if we cling on them...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Apr 19, 2013

    I always have been agreeing with the Buddhist

    view of the world and reality.
    bezhnech bezhnech
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jul 8, 2015
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Oct 29, 2014

    I have only recently been introduced to Buddhism

    though I have known about it for a long time. For a while I have been a different person in my life, and not in a positive way. After researching the background of Buddhism and its teachings, I feel that I am ready to take a path of mindfulness. I would love some advice on how...
    QueenBrooke QueenBrooke
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jan 12

    Life

    If everyone saw the miracle of a single, small flower, the world would be a better place. If everyone attempted achieving inner peace before outer peace, accomplishment may be possible. This world overlooks the beginning steps to peace and enlightenment; which humans will...
    Usane Usane
    16-17, F
    Aug 27, 2013

    Just Curious

     Good Morning,   Hello everyone, I am an agnostic seeking knowledge of the worlds beliefs. Buddhism is something that I am very interested in as I know this religion is full of many beautiful philosphies and a great viewpoint in life. My roommate is a buddhist and him...
    IWishIUnderstood IWishIUnderstood
    22-25, M
    21 Responses Aug 25, 2009

    To Mark The Celebration Of Buddha's Birthday...

    I am posting one of buddha's most beloved quotes...i am trying to think about it whenever people try to force me into a wrong direction and when my heart knows better: Do not believe in anyting, simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is...
    asmodean1980 asmodean1980
    31-35, M
    1 Response Apr 8, 2012

    Kind Of A Buddhist

    While raised as a Roman Catholic and a believer until early adulthood. I am now not a Christian. But I cannot refute those who are Christians. How could I? After I lost the faith of my Childhood and faith it took me about 20 years to fill it with a "formal" religion and even...
    OkayBut OkayBut
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Apr 22, 2010

    Dalai Lama's 18 Rules For Living

    1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. 3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self Respect for others Responsibility for all your actions. 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a...
    cosmicspeck cosmicspeck
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 4, 2011

    Because it helps me stay happier

    and helps me while I'm suffering.
    theMindofAwesome theMindofAwesome
    13-15, F
    1 Response Jan 4, 2015

    Handling Emotions (Either Sad Or Happy Ones)

    Usually people lose themselves in a strong emotion and become overwhelmed. That is not the way to handle emotion, because when that happens you are a victim of emotion. In order not to become a victim, breathe and retain your calm, and you will experience the insight that an...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Feb 8, 2013

    Not My Mind?

    I am not my mind? What does that mean? I have a soul, it is good, teacher, guide, knowing. Well, I have never experienced this. As far as I know I am my mind. Then they say: When you are meditating you are in contact with this "Soul". When I am meditating I am not in contact...
    unAmigo unAmigo
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Mar 19, 2013

    Knowing Ourselves

    The purpose of studying Buddhism is not to study Buddhism, but to study ourselves. That is why we have teaching. But the teaching is not ourselves. It is some explanation of ourselves. To study the teaching is to know yourselves. That is why we do not ever attach to the teaching...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    1 Response May 10, 2013

    Stop saying Buddhism is a religion.

    It is not a religion. It's merely a philosophy of life. There are many components to Buddhism, however, there is no God or angel. based on Buddhist teachings, everyone, even if you don't 'believe' in it, is a Buddhist. Buddhism is the idea for which anyone can spiritually...
    Fortiplex Fortiplex
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Sep 4, 2014

    I Was....

    I was Zen Buddhist for about ten seconds. I love the religion: the ideas, the principles, the different paths and ways to achieve happiness. But the one thing I tried to let go of and just couldn't was....me. You have to be able to be selfless and let go of your identity, and I...
    SweetbriarPoet SweetbriarPoet
    26-30, F
    10 Responses Jul 22, 2008

    What makes me upset is how I chose to become

    Buddhist because I just really like the way they look at the world, and eveything is so beautiful and has a meaning, but I told my parents, and they keep telling me "oh you can't be buddhist" or "Sacora, you're not buddhist," and honestly that makes me upset.
    sacorablu sacorablu
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jul 2, 2015

    I have some issues, mental health issues,

    I'm OCD, but my therapist has shown me a clearer path based on his Buddhist ethics, and it works for me! I am pursuing this ethic to help me overcome my ghosts!
    Gaspard91 Gaspard91
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Aug 1, 2014

    Religion?

    Now, almost all my life, I was Christian. But, over the course of years and traumatic events, I started to question my beliefs and Christianity as a whole. I began to realize how absurd it sounded. So, I became a closet Atheist. I was still forced to go to church by my foster...
    dearveronica dearveronica
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 3, 2012

    Heart Sutra

    Greeting everyone a post Heart's Day. The link is my gift to everyone: a relaxing mantra of the Heart Sutra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGM4lYJ6E1E
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Feb 17, 2013

    Happiness doesn't depend on what we have,

    but how we feel towards what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much. ♛o♥ -Shakyamuni
    Usane Usane
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jan 4, 2014

    Christianity Or Budhism? Buddhism

    I have been a Buddhist for 2 years now ever since i got so pissed off with ******* Catholics I prefer Lutherans but any way I think that Buddhism is the greatest religion in the world what wars have we started none so **** off Catholics oh and why is it when they write about they...
    towj1234 towj1234
    18-21, M
    5 Responses Mar 14, 2012
    sarahkillsherself sarahkillsherself
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 21, 2015

    Why I Am A Buddhist

    I love the idea of religion. Sometimes not so much religious figures, but I am certainly a very spiritually thinking kind of person. That said, however, I used to struggle to satisfy this need for some sort of enlightenment or whatever. I searched through many different...
    hussey999 hussey999
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jun 6, 2010

    What is your favourite part of Buddhism?

    For me it's kamma and rebirth. I'm not afraid of death and realising there are other planes of existence pretty much changed my life.
    animamia animamia
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Dec 4, 2014

    Casual Buddhist

    Since a child, I never bought into the traditional Christian values I was raised with. When I moved, I wanted to become a better person. I was psychologically scarred from my family life, and felt I needed direction, but I didn't think that I had to believe in an oppressive...
    cosmicspeck cosmicspeck
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 23, 2011
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