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I Am Interested In Buddhism

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    It all started from my own personal struggles

    and being judged as a child. For a long time I looked down to myself, but as I was a little bit older I started to understand it is no big deal, after all everyone goes through pain. You may ask how does all this thoughts come from? Everything started by deep reflection. I...
    littlelittlepooky littlelittlepooky 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 20, 2014

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    The Buddha Is Cool

    One of the many things that impresses me about Buddhism is that I'm not forced just to rely on faith as my method of determining the truth. I can actually consider things like evidence, use critical thinking.  I also like that there is no concept that anyone who doesn't believe...
    holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 5 Responses Dec 9, 2012

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    The Answer To Life And Death Is Simple.....

    ~~~~ "The answer to life and death is simple. It rests in the palm of my hand. Watch." He threw the dust into the air; it remained suspended like a murky cloud for a second before the breeze carried it away. "Consider what you just saw. The dust holds its shape for a...
    NobodyParticularly NobodyParticularly 56-60, M 5 Responses Jun 7, 2013

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    The mind is everything.

    What you think ,you become
    bearhugs00 bearhugs00 18-21, M 4 Responses Aug 9

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    The Cycle of Rebirth Karma plays out in the

    Buddhism cycle of rebirth. There are six separate planes into which any living being can be reborn -- three fortunate realms, and three unfortunate realms. Those with favorable, positive karma are reborn into one of the fortunate realms: the realm of demigods, the realm of gods...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F Jan 19

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    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Beautiful, soothing to the soul, and it touches me deeply. Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing...
    Carissimi Carissimi 56-60, F 6 Responses Jun 17, 2012

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    I think Buddhism is an incredible way of life.

    I, like many others, do not view it as a religion but an ideology.
    DreamingDreamingDreaming DreamingDreamingDreaming 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 27

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    Empty Your Cup

    A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 2, 2011

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    Prince Siddharthur Gautama gave up his

    privileged life and embraced the life of an aesthete. He wore rags, and begged for his meals. He taught those who would listen to him to question everything. Enquire into everything you are told, so that you test out what you hear. It is a wise thing to question life, because...
    Lecuyer90 Lecuyer90 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 19, 2014

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    Changed My Life

    Not all that long ago, I was in the gutter - addicted to drink and drugs, I self harmed regularly. My life was **** - I thought I was ****. I just wanted to die. Thought the world would be a better place without me. One day I picked up a book about Buddhism and how to meditate...
    zipster1 zipster1 41-45, M 4 Responses Aug 11, 2012

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    The Noble Eightfold Path (Middle

    Path): Wisdom: Right view and intention. Ethics: Right speech, action and livelihood. Concentration: Right effort, mindfulness and concentration.
    James1169 James1169 51-55, M 1 Response Jun 15

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    The Wisdom of Ajahn Chah

    Ajahn Chah (1918~1992) was a teacher of the Theravadan Tree Forest tradition. He was considered to be one of the great Buddhist masters of our modern age. Here are some quotes and teachings attributed to him: "There are people who are born and die and never once are aware...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace 46-50, M 13 Responses Jul 23, 2008

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    Reading, studying and talking about Buddhism

    with other non-Buddhist has its merits, but I wish I could experience Buddhism with Buddhists.
    padraig17325 padraig17325 56-60, M 2 Responses Feb 27

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    THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS The First Noble

    Truth Unsatisfactoriness and suffering exist and are universally experienced. The Second Noble Truth Desire and attachment are the causes of unsatisfactoriness and suffering. The Third Noble Truth There is an end to unsatisfactoriness and suffering. The Fourth Noble Truth...
    curiosi curiosi 51-55, F 4 Responses Feb 14

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    Something Buddha Said The Other Day...

    “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” ~ Buddha Human-beings are great creators; we craft from thin air the articles and verbiages of said articles that we need to sustain...
    saintj saintj 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 23, 2013

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    Our human flesh bodies excrete all these

    substances: Sweat, urine, faeces, genital fluids, blood, pus, hair, skin, wax, mucus and tears. And when they die, a whole eco-system of putrefaction begins from within and outside. I think it's best that our bodies are buried in cloth shrouds to allow mixture with the earth and...
    James1169 James1169 51-55, M Jun 18

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    The meaning of true love.

    By David G Arenson ND http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/01/the-meaning-of-true-love-from-a-buddhists-perspective/ Did you ever fall in love with someone? I did. Love and longing can drive anyone to perpetually clinging to an object of desire, with no end in sight—a need...
    littlelittlepooky littlelittlepooky 22-25, F Jul 16

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    I want to take a piece of every religion

    that makes me feel safe and good and practice that. I'm so interested in Buddhism cause of all the meditation and focus thinking.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 23

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    The Buddha's Five Remembrances

    This was offered by Thich Nhat Hanh in The Plum Village Chanting Book (Parallax Press, 1991): I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old. I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health. I am of the nature to die...
    jenbeat jenbeat 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 7, 2008

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    I am just beginning to look into this.

    I'm searching for happiness!
    merrittcat12 merrittcat12 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 6, 2014

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    "When the sun of fierce devotion shines on the

    snow mountain of the master, the stream of his blessings will pour down." (by an unknown Tibetan saint)
    James1169 James1169 51-55, M 1 Response Jun 27

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    I have found much comfort in Siddhartha

    Gautama's teachings, especially his pictorial biography. I feel that I have been identifying more with Zen Buddhism, though. I absolutely love meditating and the peace and tranquility that comes with following the Buddha's teachings of loving and accepting all that enter and...
    treasureforever treasureforever 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2014

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    Hi anyone know of a good single source of good

    quality information relating to the philosophy of Buddhism i.e. Website
    Jim2005c Jim2005c 31-35, M Feb 28

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    Studying

    I have described myself as a Buddhist for over five years now, but I seem agnostic to many. I am a student of the Theravada tradition, but there are aspects, like the apparent sexism within I don't really like. I have read a lot of work, words, on the Buddha and what he taught...
    aoutdouze aoutdouze 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 29, 2013

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    I myself, follow Buddhism.

    A lot of people always ask me... "How can you be into Buddhism? You're a Christian." Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or 'way of life'. It is a philosophy because philosophy 'means love of wisdom'. Buddhism can be summed up as leading a moral life...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 18

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    For those of you who are Buddhist,

    do you also practice Bushido?
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 28

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    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 2 Responses Feb 8, 2013

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    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (by Shunryu Suzuki)

    People say that practicing Zen is difficult, but there is a misunderstanding as to why. It is not difficult because it is hard to sit in the cross‑legged position, or to attain enlightenment. It is difficult because it is hard to keep our mind pure and our practice pure in its...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace 46-50, M 31 Responses Jul 8, 2008

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    The six realms of Samsara are the anger of hell,

    the greed of the hungry ghosts, animal ignorance, human desire, the jealous demigods and the proud gods.
    James1169 James1169 51-55, M 1 Response Jul 6

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    Only starting to read up on Buddhism.

    Like it so far seems to make sense how is your experience with it ?
    Jim2005c Jim2005c 31-35, M Feb 27

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    Buddhism, For Me, Is...

     ...about trying to remain mindful  ...about living in the present  ...about not judging others  ...about not becoming "attached"   ...about not hating  ...about enjoying what nature offers  ...about living peacefully and...
    drpr drpr 46-50, F Aug 14, 2008

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    Hi^^ i was a monk in Thailand.

    my English is poor .lol
    papalalala papalalala 22-25, M 2 Responses May 25

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    Buddhism is really interesting me.

    I read about it and it sounds peaceful and happy. I like how it doesn't really focus on a god or gods.
    WhatTheFrenchToast WhatTheFrenchToast 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 14, 2014

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    "All beings want to live a happy life,

    but only humans have the ability to analyze its causes. Although the mind is fundamentally pure, when we develop anger, attachment or even compassion, the mind seems to be suffused with that emotion. Anger is a disturbing emotion based on a wrong view, the misconception that...
    rcmh171822 rcmh171822 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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    My simple interpretation of the Four Noble

    Truths: 1 The world is not enough. 2 Addiction to pleasure and avoidance of pain ties us to the world. 3 Stopping our addictions frees us from the world. 4 We can do this by following the Noble Eightfold path.
    James1169 James1169 51-55, M Jun 13

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    I Lived In a Zen Center For a Few Years

    There are many forms of Buddhism. They differ considerably. Some are more like a religion. Others are more of a practice. I lived in a Zen Center for a few years. I can tell you about that. All belief systems are interpreted through the eyes of the individual practitioner. To me...
    internalarts internalarts 36-40 1 Response Aug 7, 2007

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    A quote from the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead':

    With mind far off, not thinking of death's coming, Performing these meaningless activities, Returning empty-handed now would be complete confusion; The need is recognition, the spiritual teachings, So why not practice the path of wisdom at this very moment? From the mouths of...
    James1169 James1169 51-55, M Jun 26

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    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 16, 2014

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    I'm not to knowledgable on Buddhism

    yet what I've found is that the things I have learned about link with my own ideas I had before discovering this religion :)
    smileeverymorning smileeverymorning 18-21, F 2 Responses May 26, 2014

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    I've explored and immersed myself in a few

    religions in the past dozen years. Buddhism to me is philosophy, psychology, and experiential. It is not a faith religion, if it's even a religion. Yet Buddhism has many variations. Probably in some eastern countries it is a religion. I have found a home in Tibetan Buddhism, and...
    ZhivagoAtHeart ZhivagoAtHeart 61-65, M 1 Response Jun 27, 2014

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    Tell Me About It...

    I realize how little anyone knows about different religions.  maybe if we could all take some time to get to know each other better, we may find we have some common ground and maybe we can get on with our lives.  I know so little of Buddhism.  If there is a...
    alobar alobar 36-40, M 10 Responses May 29, 2007

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    I've been researching Buddhism

    for a while now, Im ready to incorporate it in my life.
    BBXXX43 BBXXX43 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 16

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    Chapter: The World Is On Fire

    THE WORLD IS ON FIRE: AND ARE YOU LAUGHING? YOU ARE DEEP IN THE DARK. WILL YOU NOT ASK FOR LIGHT? FOR BEHOLD YOUR BODY -- A PAINTED PUPPET, A TOY, JOINTED AND SICK AND FULL OF FALSE IMAGINATIONS, A SHADOW THAT SHIFTS AND FADES.   HOW FRAIL IT IS! FRAIL AND PESTILENT, IT SICKENS...
    thewayIam thewayIam 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2012

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    I love the mindset of Buddhism understanding

    the nature of the mind the practice of meditation I think once I really start to practice my life will improve zen fold!
    Wonderinsoul Wonderinsoul 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 9, 2014

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