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Offline dhammaseeker51

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Re: Can I become a Buddhist?
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2012, 09:11:49 am »
I think there are many Buddhists who don't believe in Karma or rebirth, and it's not essential to gain the many benefits of practice.
But the same Buddha who became enlightened and passed down the practice to eliminate suffering (which you know works) and was "a teacher of men and gods" also was a believer in karma and rebirth, so for me, seeing that regular practice is based on truth I also believe in karma and rebirth, I suppose I have faith in the Buddhas teachings.
The evidence of karma is all around us for everyone to see. So is the evidence for rebirth. You just need to look a little harder.

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Offline 0118401

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Re: Can I become a Buddhist?
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2012, 02:33:38 pm »
Regarding the first point, definately go along to a Buddhist centre. You will not put anybody off their practice. In fact your company and probing questions should deepen their understanding and conviction of Dharma.

The wonderful thing about Buddhism I would say is that you don't have to believe any of it as it is purely empirical. It is based on experience not belief.  Correct beliefs in Dharma are very useful of course but can still be deceptive.  Correct beliefs need to be replaced by valid cognizers and ultimately by yogic direct perceivers. So, what I am trying to say is that you do not need to believe. If you just start putting some Dharma into practice correctly and create the causes you will find out the truth through your own experience.  It really doesn't have anything to do with belief. I hope that makes sense.
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Offline NepalianBuddhist

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Re: Can I become a Buddhist?
« Reply #17 on: December 26, 2012, 12:38:19 pm »
Can I become a Buddhist?

Yes, but you need to be a %100 Buddhist or Fully Buddha.

Offline MikeL

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Re: Can I become a Buddhist?
« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2013, 09:47:17 am »
I'm tempted to say that you can do anything you want to do, but that would not be quite right.  You will do what you will do:  that is your nature.  None of us can get outside of our own nature (time, place, background, experiences, understanding).  You can consider that Karma, if you like.  You can't wake up in the morning and decide to become President Obama or anything other than you are.  So, I guess, the question for you, is . . . what are you?  What is the truth of you?  (Welcome to Buddhism--and a host of other spiritual traditions.)

You can do whatever you truly know in your heart you can do. 

On the other hand, there's nothing to do, really.  Everything is right in front of your (original) face--literally. 

I guess the thing that made me respond to your question most was the "-ist" part of your question.  I am a population of One (inside joke, there), and I say that you don't want to be a "buddhist."  You might want to be a Buddha, but being a buddhist is going to get you all wrapped up in beliefs, precepts, pledges, problems, solutions, rituals, artifacts, and valuations.  In fact (er, "opinion"), you'll need to let all of those things go after you learn them.  (Yeah, it's a weird series of events.)  Ironically, even the "be a Buddha" part will need to be let go of.  In sum, it will seem like you can't get there from here, but paradoxically, you are "here" already. 

An old teacher once told a younger teacher as he left India to introduce Buddhism to Tibet:

Do not recall:  let go of what has happened.
Do not imagine:  let go of what could happen.
Do not think:  let go of what's happening now.
Do not examine:  quit trying to figure things out.
Do not control:  quit trying to make things happen.
Rest, relax, right now.

In the end, that's really it.  (Seems really easy, but . . . .)

Be well.

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