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writer811

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What is required to be a Buddhist?
« on: August 07, 2012, 08:19:25 PM »
I was taught by another Buddhist that all you need to do to practice Buddhism is to be respectful of others, to seek personal growth and enlightenment and to be as happy as you can. Would you agree with this? Why or why not?

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Re: What is required to be a Buddhist?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012, 09:11:36 PM »
There was an original Buddha.

In a land near India, long ago, a king ruled. It is common that rulers indulge themselves, as few people achieve enlightenment as a ruler. This king had sex with palace slaves, as was the norm. It would not be hard to visualize a situation where a ruler had access to the most beautiful young women. But it would be rare for a religion to allow this truth to be its foundation.

The king fell in love with one such slave, and she became pregnant. It was not the first time such a thing happened, and the king always inflicted a death penalty upon the newborn. But this time he was truly in love. The slave demanded that the king not kill her child, and told him that if he did, she would kill herself. So the king made a promise.

It would be hard to believe that a king would submit to the wishes of a slave girl. The best a slave might achieve would be some form of compromise. The king kept his promise, but on his terms.

The newborn was taken away from the mother, and put into a room. For 18 years, the child was kept in a chair...constantly served by a group of servants. He stayed that way the entire time...never doing anything for himself. All he knew were the few servants and the four walls of the room...which had a doorway.

On the 18th birthday of the child, it weighed between 400 and 500 pounds. It could not walk. It was wheeled out the front door of the palace, and left on the steps...in a wagon. As it sat in the wagon, it saw...for the first time...the sky...townspeople...movement of the air...trees...houses...and shops. This child would become the spiritual leader of the world.

Not the religious leader, as Buddhism is not religion. The spiritual leader, as spirituality is truth. He was not affected by the ego, as all souls are...simply because he was never allowed to witness society. He immediately saw hypocrisy, deceit, disillusionment, suffering, and truth. His simple deductions were truth based, and he was very intelligent, and had no choice but to be observant.

To follow Buddha is to search for truth. It is not convenient. It is not accepted by society. It is not simple. It is a constant commitment...a search...for meaning. It is a true commitment, and cannot be adjusted to taste. Truth will not make you popular...rich...or fashionable. It will take you to a place that is the future, and the past...but not the present.

Buddha is truth. It is science. It is destiny. We cannot pretend to be something we are not. We only fool ourselves. 

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Re: What is required to be a Buddhist?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2012, 02:56:54 PM »
I was taught by another Buddhist that all you need to do to practice Buddhism is to be respectful of others, to seek personal growth and enlightenment and to be as happy as you can. Would you agree with this? Why or why not?

What is required to be a worldly man ?
You are already it.

What is required to be a TRUE Buddhist - is to go into inner journey, that goes beyond life and death.

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Re: What is required to be a Buddhist?
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2012, 09:31:18 PM »
Hi, since you want to be a Buddhist, you must follow the Buddha's teachings. Don't let anyone else tell you what's required to be a Buddhist. Find out for yourself what Buddha's teachings are (or were) and open yourself up to them. You will get your own insights. You will gain your own wisdom. You will gain your own understanding.
Be well.
Chris K.


 

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