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Old 11-29-2012, 07:32 PM   #41
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:33 PM   #42
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:37 PM   #43
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Uhh, no. Buddhism is a philosophy. Christianity is a religion .
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:42 PM   #44
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:59 PM   #45
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It's a philosophy. Religions are a type of philosophy, just like a bunch of different subjects. Therefore, it's a religion and a philosophy.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:15 PM   #46
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Uhh, no. Buddhism is a philosophy. Christianity is a religion .


Buddhism is a religion, using philosphical one liners to hook people in.

'The cabbage of your soul is always greener when watered' and bullshit.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:17 PM   #47
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Uhh, no. Buddhism is a philosophy. Christianity is a religion .

I'm a Buddhist and Buddhism is a religion.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:19 PM   #48
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Buddhism is a religion, using philosphical one liners to hook people in.

'The cabbage of your soul is always greener when watered' and bullshit.

That's only how it is presented in most Western literature.

Edit: But it is undoubtedly a religion.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:22 PM   #49
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Bill O'Reilly is a Harvard grad. he's no dummy - he's a PR lightning rod, and people saying "you're a ridiculous dumbass" is just what he wants because it gets the network ratings and it pays his bills. this statement doesn't really surprise me; it's a fairly innocuous thing to say considering what other Fox News personalities and ex-personalities (like Glenn Beck) have said and done in the past to the same effect.
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Buddhism is a religion, using philosphical one liners to hook people in.

'The cabbage of your soul is always greener when watered' and bullshit.

said the man who knows absolutely zero about Buddhism

Seriously, man. If you don't know anything about something, just don't comment on it. It's easier and doesn't make you look completely ignorant.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:24 PM   #51
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Nobody knows about Buddhism because, why would they waste their time?
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:32 PM   #52
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Nobody knows about Buddhism because, why would they waste their time?

For the same reason anyone would spend their time learning a system of ideas or beliefs; to feel less guilty about being a horrible person.

If you're a person who's actually trying to LEARN something, however, it's a good idea to seek out as many different ideas as you can.

Or, in your case, just call something you don't know about yet a waste of time and never bother learning anything.

Either way's fine, really. Guess it all depends on your goal.
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said the man who knows absolutely zero about Buddhism

Seriously, man. If you don't know anything about something, just don't comment on it. It's easier and doesn't make you look completely ignorant.



Yeah, it seems absurd humour is lost on most people these days. You numpty.

Buddhism is still at the very least, religion-like; there's reverence of holy figures, you're encouraged to further the aims of the overall rulebook (or all the sutras combined) and there's still heavy emphasis on made up supernatural cop outs ie 'enlightenment', 'inner peace' and so on that require the individual to do absolutely nothing except 'beeeliiieve, maaaan'.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:39 PM   #54
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Inner peace is a made up supernatural cop out? k koo
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Yeah, it seems absurd humour is lost on most people these days. You numpty.

Buddhism is still at the very least, religion-like; there's reverence of holy figures, you're encouraged to further the aims of the overall rulebook (or all the sutras combined) and there's still heavy emphasis on made up supernatural cop outs ie 'enlightenment', 'inner peace' and so on that require the individual to do absolutely nothing except 'beeeliiieve, maaaan'.

Except no, because that 'cop out' on those garage-sale concepts like enlightenment and inner peace is actually an idea to which the routes are clearly outlined. There's no reverence of 'holy figures,' because the Buddha himself, as he became called once he'd achieved enlightenment, was a man, who professed many times that he was no deity nor god, and didn't indoctrinate, but rather proposed alternate ways of living that were more conducive to achieving a state of 'in the moment,' or happiness.

You can throw around words like sutra and cheap-coin ideas like stillness and simplicity in life, peace in one's soul or being enlightened all you want, but you really don't know much about Buddhist concepts outside of what's commonly depicted in popular media.

That aside, you can, technically, say anything with a structured set of ideas, put down and agreed upon by others, a 'religion like' thing. Get real.
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Except there is an incredible amount of holy figures, and according to some sects/scriptures it is believed that anyone can be elevated to the status of a "Buddha" after they pass on (not the historical figure of Siddartha Gautama, in this context it is a form of deity).

Amida is a good example of a "holy figure" in [Pure Land] buddhism.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:44 PM   #57
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I have a few asian friends and they say buddhism has gods?^

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A Buddha isn't a holy figure. It's a person who's achieved enlightenment or 'awakening' to a high degree.

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Buddhism has no innate gods or deity. It's also not distinctly Asian. It's actually East Indian in origin. You're probably thinking Shinto, which is VERY asian, and has a massive amount of greater and lesser gods. The two are also frequently practiced together.
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The two main branches of Buddhism are Theravada and Mahayana- Mahayana is mostly found across China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam while Theravada is more present in India and Sri Lanka.

I don't claim to know a huge amount about the beliefs of other Buddhist denominations, but I know that some Mahayana sects have gods and deities.

Reading the Sutras is like reading the Bible- there is a lot of stuff that you can choose to see as metaphor or reality. There are Buddhas the size of dragons that fly around on huge winged elephants, and Maras with hundreds of arms that destroy universes with their psychic powers, but this is all part of discourse that presents human nature, and vehicles to living our lives more effectively and becoming stronger and wiser.
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assign to it whatever you term you please. religion, philosophy -- bullshit is bullshit no matter what you call it.
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