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dharmagoat

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What is Buddhism to you?
« on: November 22, 2009, 01:09:18 pm »
Even though we are told that the ultimate goal of Buddhism is liberation from suffering, to me the most important thing that I can achieve within this life is to cultivate harmony, both within myself and between myself and others.

So to me, Buddhism is principally about living well and learning how to relate healthily. Liberation will come in good time.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Re: What is Buddhism to you?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2009, 02:40:45 pm »
I've been learning to relax in the mess of this convergence of objects and our perception we call life.  So like you, cultivating harmony within myself and with my interactions with others is pretty up there on the list of what Buddhism is.

Buddhism is (to me) a direct method for gradually learning emptiness-that openness of reality- which allows one's mind to gradually be able to accept that death is impermanence and that impermanence permeates everything from each breath and comes and goes to large cosmic changes.  Everything is universally subject to impermanence, every form, every manifestation of life.  When I am able to tune into this steady motion of change I learn to sit with the vulnerability and uncertainty that is this "being human."  It is in the heart of everything I hate and everything I fight that I find my basic strength to stop struggling one more bit in my daily life and allow what I was resisting to open up to me when I shut up the inner chatter.  In the center of that vulnerability of openness (emptiness) is the heart of balance that isn't too tight or too loose.  There I also find the part that is raw, tender, and very kind.  It is also there I can view without duality that the vulnerability and the strength are intrinsically non-dual in nature.  They are the one and the same perceived as two by this primitive mind of mine that can't accept that the "sh*t with the sugar" is what life is at the experiential level.  And I'm learning everything is both sweet and bitter.  

Buddhism is a method to tap into my humanity and have guidelines that help me drill down into the very present and be open to the immediacy of the moment where I can most benefit others and myself by being the most here I can be.
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Re: What is Buddhism to you?
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2009, 10:33:48 pm »
Liberation will come in good time.
I like this thought. I also don't strive for it. If it will come, it will come.

Buddhism, to me, is compassion. I see how people suffer because of their attachments and delusions, and Buddhism helps me understand why they are feeling what they are feeling and what I can say and do to ease their suffering. Before, I noticed that compassion in general was seen as something unmanly and abnormal (why help someone that is of no benefit to you and has done you no good?), even stupid so I kind of hid it away. Now I'm starting to learn how to connect with it again.
My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
My actions are the ground on which I stand.
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What would Buddha do?

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Re: What is Buddhism to you?
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2009, 12:34:20 pm »
learning it's not about small me and that if it weren't for countless causes and conditions i wouldn't be able to have even heard the Dharma in this lifetime, let alone practice it.

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Re: What is Buddhism to you?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2009, 11:32:53 pm »
What came first, the wisdom or the awakening?  All at the same time methinks  ;D.

For me it's all about getting rid of delusion.  All this other stuff - happiness, tranquility, compassion, liberation, etc. - is incidental.  But welcome.  Very welcome!

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Re: What is Buddhism to you?
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2009, 05:07:29 pm »
What came first, the wisdom or the awakening?  All at the same time methinks  ;D.

For me it's all about getting rid of delusion.  All this other stuff - happiness, tranquility, compassion, liberation, etc. - is incidental.  But welcome.  Very welcome!

Getting over my desire to remain in delusion.  All the "incidental" stuff is how a successful life is really lived.  The comfort of delusion prevents me from seeing that.

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Re: What is Buddhism to you?
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2009, 06:41:27 am »
A method for realizing the truth of human existence. A means to an end.

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Re: What is Buddhism to you?
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2009, 07:31:27 am »
It is a total system for realizing ones innate freedom, and resolving the human dilema.   The conceptual framework correctly orients the mind, the practice bring experiential realization, and the Sangha supports this process. 

 


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