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Offline Joshua

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A brief description of my beliefs
« on: November 22, 2016, 05:49:00 am »
Hi all.
Thank you for having this brilliant forum available and thank you for taking the time to read this.
I am a very spiritual person and believe in many things but one thing I find it hard to believe in is any kind of God, worship or preaching. I was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness and had too many questions and not enough, or very vague, answers so was extremely skeptical about the whole idea of one creator or a supernatural being. I follow a lot of different paths when it comes to beliefs and most of them are from the Buddhist way but again, i find it hard to worship an idol of some sort so can't relate in that respect. I believe in mother nature, karma, the idea that our lives are threads that can change and intertwine with certain people who flow into our paths. I believe in creativity - music, art, literature, sex, yoga and so forth.
For me my main focus is to be sure that I am happy. This is my success. Having been married twice and had certain struggles in losing myself and what i really believe in, it is only this last year that I have again found who I am and have grow from that.
I have a lack of possessions, I have a lack of money and this is of no matter to me. I take each day as it comes and figure things out as I go on my path and hope for the best. I also believe in humanity and that everyone has light in them. I accept other peoples views and ways of life and appreciate that most of them are quite different from mine but that doesn't mean they aren't who they should be.
Apologies for writing a lot but a keen interest in the way of the buddhism and would love to hear exactly what it entails.
Again thank you for reading this and I would love to hear others opinions.
Josh

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Re: A brief description of my beliefs
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2016, 12:11:45 am »
Hi, Josh.

Thank you for sharing your belief system.  Since you do relate to the idea of Karma (Sanskrit), Kamma (Pali)  here is a link which will discuss it fully as Buddha taught the concept:

Kamma, A Study Guide:  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/kamma.html
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: A brief description of my beliefs
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2016, 12:44:17 pm »
Thank you for the link! I will be sure to take a look.
I have looked in to many religious beliefs and philosophical ideas and for a while, struggled to find a place where my beliefs fitted in. I have noticed that I can relate to things from many religions but there have never been one in particular that has stuck with me apart from Buddhism despite the fact that some of what I do/believe in doesn't fit.
I have heard mixed opinions on the matter of being a Buddhist and what rules to follow as one side seems quite firm and another more relaxed on certain matters.
I spent 5 months in Thailand at a research station in the middle of the jungle and, of course, 99% of the people there were Buddhists. I have many a conversation with the director who said that he has always followed Buddhism and follows the basic 5 rules but most of the time he actually only follows two or three, which is common place.
If you have any insight on this subject I would love to hear it.
Thanks,
Joshua

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Re: A brief description of my beliefs
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2016, 09:22:49 pm »
Hi, Joshua.

You are more than likely referring to The Five Precepts, which are listed and discussed below:

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The Five Precepts:

1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
2. Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
3. Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.
4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
5. Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.


Reference for further study:  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sila/pancasila.html
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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