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No God or Gods but attempted followers of the "The Noble Eightfold Pathway"

 

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Is there any ridiculous side to buddhism?

Started by Jean Marie. Last reply by Lutz Aug 24. 24 Replies

I admittedly know very little about buddhism, but, i plan to learn more, who knows, i might even end up a buddhist atheist!!!?? but, before i start, is there baloney type stuff i should know about…Continue

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CONFUCIUS

Started by Davy. Last reply by doone Dec 29, 2013. 2 Replies

Confucius / Kung TzeHis philosophical ideas were more focused on morals and influenced Chinese thought for millenia. Some of his thoughts also align with those of the Siddhartha Gautama ( the Buddha…Continue

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Reincarnation Buddhism Style.

Started by Davy Dec 13, 2013. 0 Replies

Reincarnation Buddhism Style.This is abstract is taken from Wikipedia and a fuller article is here at  Rebirth-…Continue

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The Kalama Sutta

Started by Davy. Last reply by Davy Jul 8, 2013. 2 Replies

This is the Buddha's thoughts on critical thinking.Buddhism allows for rational understanding. Compare: "As the wise test gold by burning, cutting and rubbing it (on a piece of touchstone), so are…Continue

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Comment by Davy on September 17, 2014 at 2:33pm

Strange what a statue can do!

Buddha seems to bring tranquility to Oakland neighborhood

Updated 6:12 pm, Monday, September 15, 2014

Dan Stevenson is neither a Buddhist nor a follower of any organized religion.

The 11th Avenue resident in Oakland's Eastlake neighborhood was simply feeling hopeful in 2009 when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot-high stone Buddha and installed it on a median strip in a residential area at 11th Avenue and 19th Street.

He hoped that just maybe his small gesture would bring tranquillity to a neighborhood marred by crime: dumping, graffiti, drug dealing, prostitution, robberies, aggravated assault and burglaries.

What happened next was nothing short of stunning. Area residents began to leave offerings at the base of the Buddha: flowers, food, candles. A group of Vietnamese women in prayer robes began to gather at the statue to pray.

And the neighborhood changed. People stopped dumping garbage. They stopped vandalizing walls with graffiti. And the drug dealers stopped using that area to deal. The prostitutes went away.

Read the rest in the above link.

 

Comment by Lutz on August 25, 2014 at 6:28am

just reading Suzuki's sort of history of Zen [again]. Talk about going in circles. Love their irreverence. And the simple zazen [kneeling-squatting] breathing with no brain [I can relate to that!]. But then I might have this all wrong. Suzuki though wrote something that has a dual meaning:

there is -no way- to grasp the infinite [I added the '-' to emphasize what struck me [boing].

Comment by doone on January 23, 2014 at 11:28pm

THE HAPPINESS INDEX: PUTTING PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT IN BHUTAN

Gretchen Legler in Orion Magazine:

Happiness_magnet011DRUK YUL, the DRAGON KINGDOM, has been incognito for a long, long time. A country roughly the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined, but with less than half the population, it sits sandwiched between its giant neighbors, China and India. It has never been colonized by a foreign power and was only once unsuccessfully intruded upon by the British. It has remained a place apart—a secret, secluded jewel of a Buddhist kingdom in the lap of the Himalayas, ruled by a family of kings and queens whose pictures adorn nearly every household. Suddenly, however, it has burst upon the global scene, not only as an elite tourist destination, but as a champion in the quest for human happiness and sustainable economics, its leaders making international headlines as they invite other nations to wake up and get on board with the pursuit of Gross National Happiness. GNH, as the Bhutanese call it, was conceived of by the country’s fourth king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who, in the mid-1970s, realized Bhutan could no longer remain hidden from the rest of the world like a real-life Shangri-La, but would need to modernize or risk being erased entirely. How could this be done without wrecking Bhutan’s diverse and precious natural resources, subjecting its people to unfettered capitalism, or prostituting its complex and rich Tibetan Buddhist culture to tourism? His answer was Gross National Happiness, and he is famously quoted as saying, “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product.”

...In Bhutan, happiness is not a perfect life softly cocooned in pillows of cleanliness, security, and abundance. “I like to start by translating what happiness means in our language,” he says. “Ghakey—the first syllable, gha, is a word that you can use when you say you like something, when you say you love someone; it can also be used to describe a state of elation. The second syllable, key, means peace. When we refer to happiness, we are talking about harmony, striking a balance, so you’re not just focusing on individual emotion but the enabling conditions that will facilitate an individual pursuit of happiness.” Can a country that claims in its brand-new constitution that happiness is more important than money survive, let alone thrive, in a global economy that measures everything by the dollar? How do you measure happiness? Can governments actually help people be happy? Can this tiny hermit kingdom really serve as a model for change for the rest of the world? You could argue that these are some of the most vital questions of our time.

More here.

- See more at: http://www.3quarksdaily.com/#sthash.7KrAuyG3.dpuf

Comment by Chris on January 20, 2014 at 1:13am

I feel like the adolescent elephant.

Comment by doone on January 19, 2014 at 8:15pm

Why Mindfulness Matters

JAN 19 2014 @ 8:07PM

Dan Hurley traces the dramatic rise of mindfulness meditation in Western psychology:

Although pioneers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, now emeritus professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, began teaching mindfulness meditation as a means of reducing stress as far back as the 1970s, all but a dozen or so of the nearly 100 randomized clinical trials have been published since 2005. And the most recent studies of mindfulness – the simple, nonjudgmental observation of a person’s breath, body or just about anything else – are taking the practice in directions that might have shocked the Buddha. In addition to military fitness, scientists are now testing brief stints of mindfulness training as a means to improve scores on standardized tests and lay down new connections between brain cells.

Comment by Davy on November 26, 2013 at 4:21pm

Well at least he is a historical figure and this just confirms that he was real. Unlike someone else who shall remain nameless. 

Comment by doone on November 26, 2013 at 2:59pm

Archaeological Discoveries Confirm Early Date of Buddha's Life

Archaeologists working in Nepal have uncovered evidence of a structure at the birthplace of the Buddha dating to the sixth century B.C. This is the first archaeological material linking the ... 
Comment by Davy on March 17, 2013 at 4:57pm

Comment by doone on February 16, 2013 at 8:34am
Jolly The history of the Smiling or Happy Buddha can be traced back to the Bodhisattva Maitreya, the Buddha that is predicted to succeed Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The names Smiling, Fat, Laughing or Happy Buddha are just Western nomenclature for this figure. He is usually depicted with a bald head, wide smile, a huge exposed belly, and always carrying a bag. It is because of the everpresent bag that the Chinese call him Budai, meaning calico or cloth bag. Whatever the actual origins of the Happy Buddha, history records that his influence has been tremendous in Asia. Buddhism, Taoism and Zen Buddhism have all embraced the Happy Buddha as the embodiment of happiness and prosperity. Panjiayuan Markets Beijing, China See more images from China on my Flickr site HERE…..

Jolly 

The history of the Smiling or Happy Buddha can be traced back to the Bodhisattva Maitreya, the Buddha that is predicted to succeed Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. 

The names Smiling, Fat, Laughing or Happy Buddha are just Western nomenclature for this figure. He is usually depicted with a bald head, wide smile, a huge exposed belly, and always carrying a bag. It is because of the everpresent bag that the Chinese call him Budai, meaning calico or cloth bag. 

Whatever the actual origins of the Happy Buddha, history records that his influence has been tremendous in Asia. Buddhism, Taoism and Zen Buddhism have all embraced the Happy Buddha as the embodiment of happiness and prosperity. 

Panjiayuan Markets
Beijing, China 

See more images from China on my Flickr site HERE…..

Comment by doone on January 27, 2013 at 10:26pm

Sometimes, the adolescent elephant will throw itself upon the ground as a sign of extreme emotional distress, commonly known as a “tantrum.”Zoom

Sometimes, the adolescent elephant will throw itself upon the ground as a sign of extreme emotional distress, commonly known as a “tantrum.”

 

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