Lookng At Buddhism

Recently I have become familiar with Nicheren Daishonon Buddhism.  I have gone to several meetings in private homes and at their cultural center in Manhattan.  I have also read several books about it.

Being raised 7th Day Adventis has given me reason to pause about any type of belief system that is organized in any way.

I like all the people that I have met.  One person is kind of pressuring me to get really involved.  I am not a really involved type person... I kind of sneak up on things and make sure I want to take on any responsibility before I commit..

preclusion preclusion
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6 Responses Dec 20, 2009

Joerio, I think you're in the wrong group here. Please allow others to have their own views even if they don't correspond with your own. It's bad enough feeling marginalized as a Buddhist in America without having to be assaulted by people that want to 'save' me at every turn.<br />
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Perclusion, I think the Buddha would have agreed with you to a certain extent. Like Christianity, there are many Buddhist sects. While they all have the same core beliefs, they do differ a lot in their approaches to meditation. The various practices, depending on the sect, include chanting, bowing, meditating on koans, and, my personal favorite, just sitting (Soto Zen.) Most Buddhists will not try to push their beliefs on you, particularly those that have been practicing awhile and have come to understand that it's something you must come to yourself. I'm guessing this person that's pressuring you may have only recently come to Buddhism themselves. <br />
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For a good balanced but thorough introduction to the Buddha's teachings, without the baggage the individual sects bring along, I'd recommend the book "Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha" by Thich Nhat Hanh.<br />
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Peace on your journey.

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I am about to share a true life experience that happened to me more than Ten Years ago. I was born into a family that could afford me luxury and comfort; I was privileged to attend one of the best schools in my country. Life for me was exciting and at its peak. I never really cared about religion because as far as I was concerned, it was for the ignorant and the misfits of the society. This all changed with an experience I had, it all happened in October 1999, when I was travelling from my home to another city , like I earlier said I came from a family that could provide me with luxury, so I travelled with my Father who was a top government official in his official car with his aide. We arrived at our destination in about Three hours. Upon arrival I felt a little uneasy and I had a prompting within me that I must return back from where I was coming from immediately. I told my father who naturally would have refused but surprisingly he obliged to my going back. The aide was told to take me back <br />
Two days after my arrival while waiting for my Father’s return I heard the most shocking news ever that my father was involved in a ghastly motor Accident which claimed lives. I found this hard to believe but it was true. I went to the hospital and saw him half dead. At this point I completely overwhelmed as I felt Gods love and mercy upon my soul, I then realized that if I had stayed I could have died in the Accident. I was crying because I wondered why God would show undeserved mercy to me who never gave him audience in my life. It was at this moment I saw the guilt of my sin: my fornication, telling lies, stealing, Fighting, using abusive words, anger, hatred, bitterness, malice, jealousy, greed and all my sinful indulgence etc. <br />
I know God hates these things because it is at variance with his word. I then asked him for forgiveness and Promised him that I would never do those things he Dislikes, If despite all my ills towards him he still showed love to me, I received His Son Jesus as my Lord and Personal savior, as the person that paid the price for my sin by coming in a human form more than 2,000 yrs ago to die for our sins so as to reconcile sinful man to a loving God. It’s now more than Ten years and God has Given me the Grace not to go back to my sins and evil acts, It’s a miracle that I can’t explain, that I can do without Fornication , engaging in sinful indulgences etc. I can now say that I am truly a child of God. I now know peace that I can’t explain, my life is filled with God’s love and Joy. I am so Grateful to God and His Son Jesus for the Brand new Life I have received. I believe that Jesus is Lord and that he has prepared a place of Glory for his people. I believe that when he comes to take his own I would be with him in Glory. I really Love God because he Sent his Son Jesus to Die for my Sins, I am Proud of Him. I owe my Life entirely to him. <br />
I also love you dear reader , and I pray that you would also experience what i experienced, but the choice is yours , why not give him a chance in your life, why not let him in, and you would experience this peace , love and joy that this world can’t give. First start by confessing your sins, Then accept Jesus as lord and Personal Savior, and promise him you won’t go back to your sinful ways, don’t worry if you are sincere He would give you the grace not to go back to sinful indulgence. All this is done by closing your eyes and saying a few prayers then you would experience what I am talking about. I love you because the love of God Flows from my heart to you. Thank you and God bless you.

Ha I am not the brightest of the bulbs either I thought the above was a message just sent to you.

You are so me!! I clicked on your photo icon because u told the young girl uwould love her that was sweet. I am worse than not even liking to be pressured, I hate any scheduled appointment, it is so weird. I have these remnants left from a disease and when stressed I get sick, its crazy, For instance ifI know I HAVE to do something I dwell on it stress and then my joints swell legs get heavy<br />
and often cant move neck . Well anyway nice to meet u, I enjoy reading about buddhism ideas myself I go to a site called beleifnet.com on the net they have all kinds of different religious inspirations.

Take the person aside gently and thank them for their enthusiasm ... you do need to take such changes in your own time.<br />
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Having said that, if you are looking for research material www.buddhanet.net is packed to the rafters with information. Plus it is user friendly.

I am much like that myself. Any type of pressure makes me resistant. I feel that if it is good than people will flock to it without being pressured.