Buddhism 101  

aknightwoarmor 48M
41 posts
6/22/2005 11:46 am

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Buddhism 101

I just finished a Yoga session and am feeling very calm and peaceful this moment.

For those who do not already know, I am a Buddhist and identify most with Tibetan Buddhism. I don't agree with all the teachings/philosophy, but I take what I can use and leave the rest.

I highly recommend that everyone pick up a book by the Dalai Lama at their local bookstore. Regardless of your religious beliefs, there is a wisdom in his words (and those before him) which cannot be denied. This wisdom can be used by anyone whether you are Buddhist or not. I am still learning, but I become more enlightened each day.

My favorite Zen Proverb:

"If you understand, things are just as they are. If you do not understand, things are just as they are."

This may sound simple and even obtuse, but if you really understand the meaning, it is mind expanding.


rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/22/2005 1:51 pm

But you know, some people will never get it and that's just the way things are.

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
6/22/2005 2:12 pm

Taoism is as well. We say..."You can read all the books in the library, but after 4 days the cheese still smells bad."

In other words, no matter how smart you are...you just can't change the nature of things.

OK, maybe that saying is just mine.

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SexyArmand69 45M

6/22/2005 2:30 pm

By chance have you studied other schools of Buddhist thought or only Tibetian Buddhism? Also aside from the book you mentioned are their other books you could suggest for those of us who wish to study Buddhism more indeptly? As for myself I am a Neopagan Druid who is somewhat a Reconstructionist in my approach.

"May we exist like a lotus, at home in the muddy water. Thus we bow to life as it is."

Éagann an ní a dhéanaimid dúinn féin - Maireann an ní a dhéanaimid do chách go síoraí ('What we do for ourselves dies with us - what we do for others is immortal' )


buddhamike 105M
7006 posts
6/22/2005 2:38 pm

Great proverb. Like all Buddhist teachings(I use the term teaching lightly), it is more about something for you to consider.

deliciousngood 64F
1666 posts
6/23/2005 1:57 pm

Before Enlightenment...chop wood, haul water.

After Enlightenment...Chop wood, haul water.


Getting it,


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