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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 as I do will suffer eternal damnation.  I fully accepted the fact that good people exist who don't prescribe to my philosophies.
holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 5 Responses Dec 9, 2012

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Hello, do you consider Buddhism to be your religion? or way of life? Also what religion were you raised with? I got into Buddhism over a year ago and I it took me a while to accept the fact that I no longer felt soley connected to the religion I was raised with. It was scary but now I'm over it now.

I was raised a Baptist

Thnks for your words.

The most miserable people of all are those who rest their hopes on lifeless things, who worship things that have been made by human hands-images of animals artistically made from gold and silver, or some useless stone carved by someone years ago.

A skilled woodworker may saw down some suitable tree, carefully taking off the bark, and then, with skillful craftsmanship, make from it an object that will serve some useful purpose.

He will take the leftover pieces and use them as firewood to cook a meal that he can sit down to and enjoy.

But among that scrap of wood he may take one piece that isn't good for anything-maybe it's crooked and full of knots-and carefully carve it in his leisure time, using spare moments to shape it into the crude image of a person. or maybe of some worthless animal. He paints it all over with red, covering up every flaw in the work.

Then he prepares a suitable place in the wall for it and fastens it in place with iron nails. He is careful to keep it from falling, because he knows it is only an idol and needs help; it cannot help itself. But he is not ashamed to pray to this lifeless thing about his marriage, his children, and his possessions.

It is weak, but he prays to it for health. It is dead, but he prays to it for life. It has no experience, but he prays to it for a successful journey. Its hands have no power, but he asks it to help him-in business, in making money, and in his work.

true :)

Same here~ although I believe many things~ bits and pieces of all religions ...including Wicca ~ and others...even tho I was raised Roman Catholic..

:) it does!

The most miserable people of all are those who rest their hopes on lifeless things, who worship things that have been made by human hands-images of animals artistically made from gold and silver, or some useless stone carved by someone years ago.

A skilled woodworker may saw down some suitable tree, carefully ***** off the bark, and then, with skillful craftsmanship, make from it an object that will serve some useful purpose.

He will take the leftover pieces and use them as firewood to cook a meal that he can sit down to and enjoy.

But among that scrap of wood he may take one piece that isn't good for anything-maybe it's crooked and full of knots-and carefully carve it in his leisure time, using spare moments to shape it into the crude image of a person. or maybe of some worthless animal. He paints it all over with red, covering up every flaw in the work.

Then he prepares a suitable place in the wall for it and fastens it in place with iron nails. He is careful to keep it from falling, because he knows it is only an idol and needs help; it cannot help itself. But he is not ashamed to pray to this lifeless thing about his marriage, his children, and his possessions.

It is weak, but he prays to it for health. It is dead, but he prays to it for life. It has no experience, but he prays to it for a successful journey. Its hands have no power, but he asks it to help him-in business, in making money, and in his work.