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Offline tlish

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Interfaith Dialogue
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:50:22 am »
Hello All!

My name is Travis Lish and I am Latter Day Saint (Mormon) seeking interfaith understanding.

In the Christian Faith, we speak a lot about following God, obeying his commandments etc. These are the things that bring us peace and happiness in this life and the life to come.

What is it that brings peace and happiness to one following Buddha? It is self mastery? Obedience to a moral code?

I hope that you can help me understand.

 Thank you!

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Re: Interfaith Dialogue
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2016, 07:57:13 pm »
Buddhism is not a fixed package of beliefs which has to be accepted in its entirety.
Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or way of life as  philosophy means " love of wisdom ".
Buddhism is characterized by non-violence and therefore helps develop a deep profound all pervading compassion.
Buddhism teaches practical methods which enable people to realize and use its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their own lives.

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Re: Interfaith Dialogue
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2016, 10:28:48 am »
If it were about self mastery and obedience to a moral code, there would be very few people practicing Buddhism.

Buddha taught us a tried and tested way of liberating ourselves from Samsara and this only come about when one realising everything whether it has form or non-form is only an illusion nevertheless we crave for all those things and they might give us momentary pleasure but at the end all come to nothing and it is a bit like chasing wind. Until we wake up from our dreams, we just keep going through endless cycles of lives and deaths and suffering come with it.
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Re: Interfaith Dialogue
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2016, 08:52:32 pm »
Buddhism, generally is not a set of beliefs, but a set of practices, especially meditation, which can be done by anyone of any faith, including Mormons.

Meditation will eventually deepen the understanding of one's own religion, because it leads to the real source of all religion -- which as Jesus said, is neither here nor there, but "within."
My first formal meditation training was with Shunryu Suzuki in the 60's and later with Kobun, Robert Aitken and many other teachers (mainly zen). However, I've spent the most time practicing on my own, which is all I do now. I'm living in a rather isolated area so I miss connecting with other practitioners. Despite my interest in zen I've made an effort to remain secular. You can visit my website at


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