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Do you find Buddhism to be more palatable than the other major religions of the world?

I don't necessarily agree with Buddhism. It does have issues of it's own. But, Buddhists do encourage questioning and science. Their meditation and mindfulness practice are being studied for health and well being.

Do you find Buddhism more palatable? Why or why not?

silvereyes 8 Dec 24

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I was raised buddist (Nichirens buddism) which is the practice of the lotus sutra. The lotus only grows in muddy swamps. No matter how messed up life gets you can always change your karma and those around you for a better life. We do chant (pray) but not to a god, but what we call the mystic energies of the universe. We can't Nam Myoho Renge Kyo which mean devotion, mystic law, cause and effect, and the teachings of the lotus sutra.

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I absolutely do, yes. In fact, I call myself an "agnostic Buddhist." I am agnostic about things that cannot be proven, like enlightenment and rebirth. But I am a Buddhist about things I have experienced, the value of compassion, meditation, ethics, community, and non-attachment. Buddhism teaches that nothing is unchanging, so a God, at least in the sense the word is usually understood (as eternal and unchanging) is impossible. Furthermore, if something bad happens to you like you get a health problem, it is not because you have sinned. It is because that kind of thing happens to everybody, sooner or later. Yes, there is the idea of Karma, which is often misunderstood. It just means that actions have consequences. It doesn't mean that if something bad happens to you, it is because you are a bad person. And, the ethics are something one always strives for. It isn't a case of following or breaking them. Everything is a matter of degree, and there is always room for improvement.

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The mysticism of Buddhism can be stripped away pretty easily, for the most part, leaving a fully formed philosophy. I like Buddhist philosophy well enough, though I disagree with the degree of detachment it promotes, but at its core there seems to be a lot of wisdom especially in regard to eschewing material goals, helping people when we can, and so forth, as a path to personal fulfillment.

& @silvereyes let's not forget the creative aspects of that detachment. My favorite "creations" come from there, even moreso than those I've meditated for!

@silvereyes I've heard the more devout say even personal attachments to other people are something to avoid. But I think there are many far more moderate in this view.

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“If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.” - Dalai Lama XIV, The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

But, have you ever read Buddhist mythology? That's some convoluted and crazy stuff! "Ancient Alien" theorists love them for all their deities flying around shooting lasers at each other.

BUT (the BIG BUT here) Buddhism is a very benign religion with a much more humanistic philosophy than most religions. It is generally not evangelical and very accepting.

I took kung fu courses in my twenties, partially for the studies in meditation and philosophy. In the midst of my addiction I could not muster the discipline to continue for long but I did take away some concepts, and especially meditative techniques, I've used ever since.

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I once said that if I was forced at gunpoint to choose a religion, I would choose Buddhism. In my understanding, it is more of a meditation than it is a mindless following of religious tradition; its precepts to eschew desire as a means of experiencing less suffering in life does make some sense. However, I happen to enjoy some of my desires (chocolate for example).

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Yes, and I subscribe to the philosophy of Buddhism. It doesn't warrant a belief in anything, in fact, it warns against such a pattern. According to Buddhism belief should only come after in depth personal investigation, and then if what is being presented still holds water then go with it. For instance I don't buy the whole rebirth concept, so I simply discount it as not proven enough for me to believe, much like the god concept. Most of what Buddhism suggests is of a tangible and practical nature, and very easy to chew for someone who has the need for answers or guidance based in known reality.

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To a lot of people, myself included, Buddhism is a philosophy and way of life instead of a religion. The book “Why Buddhism is True: the Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment” is on my to-read list and I’m curious what the author has to say. I’m not practicing Buddhism but probably have been influenced by it. I find some of their teachings philosophical.

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Not as a religion, i don't, it's as bad/good as any other.

But i'm a yoga practitioner.

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Never thought of it... I was steadfast in being christian. Not today though.Today I'm more a skeptic. I'm sure its good reading on what and how it works. If the results are as easy as turning on a light, then I want to check it out....

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Buddhism was explained to me by a co worker, i would choose it over other religions

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If I had to pick a religion to follow, Buddhism would probably be it for the reasons listed in the OP.

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certainly

johns Level 4 Dec 25, 2017
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I have studied Buddhism for years.
I have taken courses in university about various types of Buddhism (as well as other religions).

The original teachings of the man, who was called the buddha ("awakened one" ), were non-theistic and entirely concerned with humanity in the present moment.

It was one of the earliest forms of self-examination and psychology.

The teachings illustrate a path away from suffering, which is caused by unrealistic views we all can get trapped in.

While some of the language used in the teachings sound religious, it is only later do the teachings get co-opted by theists and people concerned with an afterlife.

There is much to be learned from the original teachings, and they are presented in a framework of "Test this and see if it works -- do not accept things on authority".

There is no dogma. There is nothing to believe.

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