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Offline Taiwanesewolf

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Embarking on a new journey....
« on: August 11, 2015, 05:32:16 pm »
Hello, everyone! I do consider myself a "new" buddhist, because I have only recently started practicing, and I would say my knowledge of many of the finer points is, well, not so fine. Let's see, I practice Tai Chi in the mornings, and do sitting meditation at night. I hope that by being exposed to buddhists, I can learn about it. For instance, buddhism traditionaly began with no gods. However, I have personally known a buddhist, and read of others, who consider the buddhas to be gods. They pray/ worship and everything. So I am trying to figure out how that goes, and find what I consider correct. Some cringe at the idea of theistic buddhism, but others accept it. What are your opinions? I have had someone tell me that theistic buddhism is not real buddhism. So I am trying to find my own answers.

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Re: Embarking on a new journey....
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2015, 07:50:33 pm »
Hi Taiwanesewolf and welcome to FreeSangha.

Although my own practice and approach to Buddhism can be best described as "non-theistic" in orientation, I tend to take the position that theistic, non-theistic, and atheistic orientations all have their place within the greater Buddhist community at large --- speaking strictly from an academic point of view, I might add that it's BS if anyone believes their understanding and practice is any more "real" or "true" than anyone else's.

You might find the following essay worth reading:

http://www.metanexus.net/essay/theism-atheism-and-non-theism-buddhism

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Re: Embarking on a new journey....
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2015, 06:34:08 am »
Thanks, everyone. Sometimes I find discussing Buddhism to be awkward, as a lot of people who hear of a westerner with no Buddhist connections becoming Buddhist think of a middle aged person trying anything to find balance in the stress of life. It is sad that many people have this preconceived idea, because I am not like that. I am 16, and am not necessarily looking for an escape, but a more efficient way to live life. Meditation has shown me how we really do seem to walk around in a constant haze of thoughts. I can find clarity for a few moments while I meditate, and one day I will have clarity wherever I go. It seems to be a matter of letting thoughts go, rather than holding them back. Thanks again for the welcome, and I hope to learn a lot here!

 


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