I Practice Buddhism

EP's Virtual Sangha for all Buddhists and those interested in Buddhism. There is more that unifies than divides us. Separation is contrary to Buddhadharma. 303 People

    Most people only think from their own

    perspective and experience, and this forms their mindset. Then they apply this to everyone else not realizing they don't share the same thinking, or experience, of the same event. Some (when aware) will take this like a lightbulb moment, and grow from it. Others will be...
    Carissimi Carissimi
    56-60, F
    1 Response Feb 8, 2016

    How To Become A Buddha

    Step 1: Realize that everyone (including you) will die and there's nothing you can do. You will eventually lose everything you love, and there is no lasting happiness in the world and if it seems like there is, it's only an illusion. You are doomed to a lifetime of pain...
    fiddleninja451 fiddleninja451
    18-21, T
    2 Responses Oct 26, 2011

    I decided to wake up early this morning an

    meditate for an hour. It helps me get through start my day to fill my heart with positive energy.
    thekingspearl thekingspearl
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 26, 2014

    It Is Definitely An Active Practice

    I came to Buddhism pretty young (in my teens), and I have studied quite a bit, taken refuge, chant, etc -fortunately, none of that has gotten in the way of my practice. Many people have the false perception that most Buddhists are passive and sit around navel-gazing their lives...
    deleted deleted
    17 Responses Nov 14, 2007
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    May 29, 2013

    Who Am I?

    Am I a seperate entity from those around me? No, we are all but birds who flock together in small groups, but we are all still birds. maybe seperate species, but still birds. Flying in the sky without a care in the world. Understanding that people are all the same is...
    Jikis Jikis
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Apr 15, 2013

    No God

    I have always had issues with believing in a higher power. In college I took world religions and fell in love with the idea of Buddhism. I am not sure I follow or like the dogma attached to some of it but I really like the the philosophy and psychology of it.  I like the...
    EverythingIsZen EverythingIsZen
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Sep 22, 2008

    The Blossom Pales In Comparison

    In Zen it is said, everything we need we already have, although a ‘skillful means’ may be needed to bring about enlightenment.“Learning appears as a process of remembering. The soul, before its incarnation in the body, was in the realm of Ideas. There it saw things the way...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    Jul 5, 2012

    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

    Dancing Evergreen

    I checked the number on the incoming call vibrating in my hand. It was a call I was required, by law, to answer twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.I practice walking meditation and breathing exercises around an old historic State Penitentiary long since closed and turned...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    Nov 5, 2012

    5 Minutes A Day

    While we lay in bed at night, waiting to fall asleep, we could easily spend what could be the best 5 minutes of the day. I wrote the following breathing exercise to help sleep uninterrupted from bad dreams, stress, anxiety or tension. Try this! Lay on your back with one or both...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Nov 29, 2012


    I want to touch my suffering, I'm just afraid of what I'll find.
    aniave aniave
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Dec 1, 2009

    I don't think The Buddha would approve,

    and though the swearing is a bit much for me, it did make me laugh, so if you want a very down to earth meditation this may be for you. http://youtu.be/92i5m3tV5XY
    Carissimi Carissimi
    56-60, F
    1 Response Jul 9, 2015

    One Goal

    There are many self proclaimed "Buddhists" that are very angry to those they perceive as "hypocritical" in their faith and belief system and respond in anger towards them whenever they encounter such an individual. There is no compassion in such an attitude and display and end up...
    Spiritlight1989 Spiritlight1989
    May 4, 2013

    Obama, America’s First Buddhist President?

    Pssst! Did you hear? Obama’s not a secret Muslim — he’s a Buddhist.  No, this isn’t the latest internet rumor, nor is it intended to become one, but if it turned out that our next president had a secret identity, the discovery that he was a Buddhist...
    MakingPeace MakingPeace
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Jan 9, 2009

    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
    4 Responses May 10, 2013
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 28, 2013


    human beings are solely responsible for their own pain or pleasure. some people might not understand this quote but as a Buddhist, we already know that we are responsible for everything, including our own happiness and suffering.. :]
    kiwietoshi kiwietoshi
    2 Responses Apr 18, 2012


    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

    A local journalist called

    and asked me “ What would you do, Ajahn Brahm, if someone took a Buddhist Holy Book and flushed it down the toilet?” Without hesitation I answered “Sir, if someone took a Buddhist Holy Book and flushed it down the toilet, the first thing I would do is call a plumber...
    Carissimi Carissimi
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Feb 7, 2016

    How I Discovered Buddhism

    I was born a Christian. Every Sunday i would go to church and listen i the same stories over and over again. After i had my confirmation i left Christianity to find another religion. I read all the scriptures. I eventually discovered Buddhism and found it is a way to live your...
    Chuckbronywhovian Chuckbronywhovian
    1 Response Jul 24, 2013

    Sangha Invitation

    In my pursuit of further understanding and reduction of suffering I have studied and practiced mindfulness as much as possible on my own over the past year. The Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness in one's day-to-day life maintaining as much as possible a calm...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    1 Response Apr 20, 2013

    Welcome All - Check Out the Video

    I thought we should have a nice place to meditate so I picked out a YouTube video of a Japanese Garden. Look under "Photo & Video". You have to click through to YouTube, but once you're there you have over eight minutes in a quiet place to sit. I'd like to...
    50percent 50percent
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Sep 20, 2007

    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

    I try my best not to hate,

    and spread compassion, but there are still four things I hate. Moreover, I am a bit lost because I don't have a Shih-fu or Buddhist friend to ask advice/help from.
    janppalisoc janppalisoc
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Jul 7, 2015

    I Practice Buddhism.. Well, Sort of

    I began studying the works of Taoist philosophers such as Lao-Tsu and Chaung-Tsu several years ago.  I eventually moved on to Buddhism out of sheer curiosity, seeing as how my girlfriend in high school came from a Chinese-Buddhist background and I never really...
    Technicolor Technicolor
    22-25, M
    1 Response Sep 24, 2009

    Scientific Religion

    What I like about Buddhism most, is that it never aks you to stop asking questions. Unlike all other religions. Also because Buddhism is purely Indian religion but wonder why is Buddhism declined in India sometime in the middle ages...I plan to visit Bodh Gaya this March to meet...
    arjob arjob
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jan 25, 2012

    ~~~~fav. Quote~~~

    The mind is EVERYTHING what you think you BECOME...you control you mind, your thoughts, you actions become full of compassion and you will endure a peaceful life :). 
    musicislife2012 musicislife2012
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 28, 2012

    My Story

    I was born a catholic, studied many religions but, have been a buddhist for many lives. I was reading an article about Einstien about seven years ago and seen a quote where he said something like, If he was a religous man he would choose to be buddhist. Something like that, I...
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Nov 19, 2007

    My Thoughts

    I don't think Buddhism is a religion for me, its more of a way of like or a life code. I became a Buddhist through school in 7th grade. I still believe in god but not in the modern christen way. im more of a Buddhist/Christen
    TheRealMe99 TheRealMe99
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 14, 2013

    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
    2 Responses Apr 5, 2013

    Emotional Knots

    The Knots of Anger In our consciousness there are blocks of pain, anger and frustration called internal formations. They are also called knots because they tie us up and obstruct our freedom. When someone insults us or does something unkind to us, an internal formation is...
    Carissimi Carissimi
    56-60, F
    6 Responses Jun 22, 2012

    I have just started a journey of SGI Buddhism

    and it has literally changed my life ..
    Blackmediagoddess Blackmediagoddess
    41-45, F
    Apr 18, 2016

    Is This a Listening Vs. Speaking Group?

    So, is the reason no one has commented, because we are all pondering a koan?  Perhaps the sound of one hand clapping?
    Katija Katija
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Sep 20, 2007

    New to Buddhism

    I don't really practice Buddhism at this point, but I would like too. I discovered Buddhism about a year ago. I have been studying Buddhism but I am overwhelmed by the feeling that I don't know what I am doing. I am so scared to do much of anything because I am so afraid of doing...
    KeepMySecrets KeepMySecrets
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Jun 12, 2008

    Bad Karma

    I have always been having bad luck when it comes to relationships. Almost all relationships I had did not have a happy ending for me. I ask myself why. I know deep within me lies the answer. A few days ago while meditating, an answer came to me. In one of my past lives, I was a...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Feb 2, 2013

    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
    1 Response Feb 8, 2013

    Tibetan Buddhism I began my spiritual journey

    with Buddhism and It changed my life.
    miyavidreams miyavidreams
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Oct 23, 2014

    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
    Mar 31, 2013

    It Is All Connected

      I am not what I consider buddhist per se but I believe in the concept. I am a mere student of spirituality but I practice nonviolence and I meditate daily. What has fascinated me is that through my practices and studies, I have found my 3 largest influences to be...
    choctawgrrrl choctawgrrrl
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Nov 6, 2008
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