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Thoughts on Buddhism?

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infernus8sit4amet6 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What exactly do you, buddhist or not, think that buddhism means?
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HellHum Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, I was born a Buddhist...I would say that buddhism are about study of the mind more than spirituality. Taking care of the mind.
The spirituality and superstitions part are just later tie in with the Buddha's teaching...it is easier for people to understand his teaching this way. Apply it with tradition that they are already custom to.
Some of his teaching may sound absurd and impossible, but that's okay, he never said that he is right or everyone must see his way. That's up to you if you want to believe or not, but you could try and apply his teaching, sees if it work for you or not. :D
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KingStephenArthur Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
the only religion I don't dislike.
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   Digital Artist
I think it's something, and it exists.
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hanciong Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Buddha emphasise observation and analysis: he invites us to think for ourselves whether his teaching makes sense or not, and whether it brings us happiness or not. if yes, then we should follow it, if not, we can leave it. there is no dogma in Buddhism that has to be believed in order to avoid hell. also, Buddhism deals specifically with our suffering and how to alleviate it. it does not put too much emphasise on metaphysical aspects: hell, heaven, god, etc, which we may never understand with our limited time and knowledge. also, Buddhism teaches universal love for all living being (not just humans). Buddhism scriptures contain thousands of pages. You will not find any single verse which advocates violence toward other living beings, misinterpreted or not.
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WolfySpice Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I think it means bullshit in general. Like every religion, any useful benefit is surrounded by useless or harmful unnecessary superstition.
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Buddhism is elitism and sexism and all the other things of religion.
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know Buddhism is probably the only one I have a shred of respect for - but people need to be realistic. It's hard it's fair share of darkness too, if I recall correctly it didn't take to kindly to women being monks at one point.
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MatthewMatters Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
The shit I live my life by.
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JOVictory Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
my view is that they are peaceful and wont cause any harm to anyone whatsoever.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, they'll never do anything like bomb Pearl Harbor or the like.
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Saeter Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Nationalism not religion was responsible for Pearl Harbor.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I didn't say religion was responsible, merely that it was done by "peaceful" Buddhists. There's no real reason to think Buddhists are more "peaceful" than anyone else. Would that be because they preach peacefulness? Well, so does Christianity, and look at what THAT gets us.
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Saeter Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Difference would be that rarely does a Buddhist commit violence because of their religion as with Christianity and Islam. Most samurai were Buddhist knowing that killing is a taboo their punishment would was to be reincarnated as samurai. Suicide on the other hand is something that has been most present in extreme Buddhists.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fine. But that's utterly beside the point. Buddhists aren't more particularly peaceful than anyone else; it's a false stereotype. If they don't tend to use their religion to justify their violence (much more common even in Christianity and Islam than committing violence *because* of religion, which at least with Christianity cannot really be done) then that's to their credit I suppose.

But in the end, violence is violence. It doesn't really matter why.
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Saeter Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Point taken.
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manic-cure Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Sounds less shocking than numerous holy crusades against islam for the past thousand years.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not to mention the Muslim invasions of most of the ancient world. But neither really sounds worse than the atrocities of the Second Sino-Japanese War.
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greentofu Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
and the bombing in Hiroshima.
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Totally-dead Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
THAT is a little wack in the face.
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greentofu Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well pearl habor bombing had nothing to do with religions ... so ...


Also funny to read all the comments about buddhism ( being a buddhist myself ) and how very little people know about it.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well pearl habor bombing had nothing to do with religions

So what? The guys flying the airplanes were still Buddhists.

All this "peaceful" stuff is a stereotype. It might be a positive stereotype, but it's a stereotype nonetheless and in stark contradiction of real history.
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hanciong Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there is a difference. the ones bombing pearl harbors; do they do it in the name of buddhism? I mean, do they do it because some people in pearl harbor makes impolite picture of Buddha? do they do it to eliminate "the enemy of Buddhism"? do they bomb Pearl Harbor while screaming "Buddha is great"?

I am not denying there are bad buddhists out there. Buddhists murderer, rappist, robber, and so on. but whatever they do, they can't do it based on Buddhism, because there is no verse in buddhism scripture which suggests violence towards other living beings, misinterpreted or otherwise.

besides, I can say the same thing about atheism: Mao Ze Dong and Soviet leaders, they kill millions of people based on atheism. do you think that makes sense?
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Totally-dead Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I fully admit to knowing fuck all about buddhism beyond a few very specific ideas and that it is largely based in a sort of spiritual metaphysics.

If you have the inclination, do you mind telling me a bit? :)
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JOVictory Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
well i was not aware of that :)
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Knightster Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Meh. Never gave two fucks about it to be honest.
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CouchyCreature Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
- Bhaddekaratta Sutta
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Totally-dead Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A spirituality, how I would call it in one word.

Beyond that I think reincarnation, a fairly developped pantheism and an idea of achieving a "nirvana", I think comes into play?

I have no idea anymore. Buddhists never like to explain round here.
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ssensory Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Writer
It's a great philosophy and a nice religion. I think true Buddhism is very peaceful, and that's why I really like it.
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I dislike religion but if I had to pick one to let through it'd probably be Buddhism :shrug:
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manic-cure Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I've heard heated debates as to whether or not it IS a religion or not.

I don't see why not. :shrug:
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I suppose some would say it's a philosophy but I've never heard of a Christian Buddhist either so I kind of just lump it in with religion for convenience.
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thoughts on Buddhism:

Their view of suicide was very meaningful to me at a point in my life that I needed a different point-of-view on it. I highly recommend discovering Buddhism for what their philosophy could bring to you.

Keep in mind. An intelligent mind can entertain a thought without believing in it. It's what you find about yourself is what matters with religion in my opinion.
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