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Buddhism? A way to evade the distractions?

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constancelea Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This practice is something that's interested me for a very long time now, Eastern religion in general always stands out to me, but with as much as I've learned I've gathered Buddhism focuses on trying to better humanity, focus on the here and now rather than the past. I find their ideas very fascinating because they don't fall victim to distractions by distractions. (Thank you, T.S. Eliot)

I attended a while ago a Buddhist Temple for one of their sessions, and the Monk discussed that anyone can be Buddhist. Well, that is to say that if you feel the concept- the idea within, than it is what you can become. Although always beneficial, you never have to go completely the path as the monks teach and feel any less their ideas than what they do. I found it very comforting I could have the freedom to still be who I am but claim ownership to some idea of facing the world.

Are there practicing Buddhists around that would like to give a little input? I know my ideas on this topic are not most accurate at all, so any clarity on the subject to help spread the idea is completely welcome and helpful! :)
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infernus8sit4amet6 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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constancelea Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thank you for the bump. :nod:
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siegeonthorstadt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
its not as amazing as it looks from a distance. there are bigots in every religion. i remember that one european woman who shaved her head and moved into a Budhist temple in Thailand. after 15 years of solitude and devotion, she asked something to the monk and he replied with something that i forgot now and that made her suddenly realize "what the hell? i have 2 children at home. a husband that i neglected. what am i doing here alone? throwing away my family and womanhood?"

she was not allowed to take any of her possessions while moving in to the temple and leave behind all her distractions, including family, so that she could focus on meditating to reach nirvana, even though she would never reach nirvana because women monks are not allowed the title of nirvana in the Budhist order.

Budha himself never said this though. its the monks that have collected all the lore and wrote their own texts as if they were in the context of Budhism itself who wrote that stupid rule. like in every other religion, best is to study the core of it rather than the surrounding cloud of enthusiasm.
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constancelea Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, she didn't have to leave her family. It would help your argument if you remembered what the Monk said to her exactly that made her realize she went too far in Buddhism.

I myself am too passionate of a person to take Buddhism to that level. There are things I enjoy doing too much and I'm perfectly content with not being a Monk. I think most cases with taking that sort of route to Buddhism is for those that are either raised in it or have a different outlook on life than what you or me, or that mother had. But that's what I enjoy about Buddhism is you don't HAVE to give up everything you love to consider yourself a Buddhist. Buddhism really is non-objective and non-judgmental and that's why it just clicks with me. A monk here in Buffalo told me you can be anything you want and if you just practice being a good person and try to expel good feelings towards others and just maintain a more level-head towards life, you can be Buddhist in very simple terms. That's what it's all about.

Sure, there are those out there that occasionally ruin the name with their personal mistakes, that's humanity and religion in general, but it doesn't reflect what Buddhism really is at its core.
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siegeonthorstadt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
oh im not arguing really :)
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constancelea Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, no worries. :D I mean, of course nothing in this world is perfect, and that is okay, too. :nod: There's just a lot of focus on humanity and extending that idea towards others and that is my main attraction to it. :giggle:
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siegeonthorstadt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
maybe you like Sufism too, its greatly influenced by Buddhism.

"Either seem as you are
Or be as you seem

Come, come again, whoever you are, come!
Heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come!
Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times,
Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are."


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constancelea Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooo, I actually don't know much about Sufism at all. :) What can you tell me about it? It was influenced by Buddhism?
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siegeonthorstadt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
oh i could write a novel about it. briefly a Sufi aims to pass the boundries of earthly distractions and flesh limits trough personal mastery and spiritual evolution, hoping to reach to God trough transcendence.

when persia massively converted to Islam, they have interpreted the teachings trough shivaism and Buddhism, especially in the khorasan where many of these teachings have literally crossed. but it doesnt mean that Sufis are more like Buddhist than Muslim, its not an integration of teachings but more like a revolutionary synthesis or chemical reaction of them all. they have common things like reincarnation, spiritual existence, immaterial perception, shapeshifting, observe-first philosophy etc.

generally it comes from the root which means covered/people who wear wool. theyre also famous for using wooden swords.

it has influenced the general culture all over. the humbleness it has inflicted the people with in the geography has often been mistaken by the non-catholic Christian population with inferiority complex. but thats not true. it has influenced a very wide range of literature and music and scientific (like Hayyam) branches, even creating its of literature branch in several different countries.

"What you call human is a collection of energy,
You see in this world what you want to see.
If you want to see roses,
World turns into a rose garden.
If you want to see the thorns,
The world turns into a thorn garden."

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constancelea Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So do they have an idea of the afterlife? Do they believe in a God or a level of Heaven after they die?
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