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Meet the Amish

Postby SarathW » Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:45 pm

Last night I watch one of the episodes of Meet the Amish.
I was quite please to find that their life style is quite resemble to Buddhist ethics. (except they believe in God)
Is there a life style like that in Buddhism?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m64X1hMCJoE
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Re: Meet the Amish

Postby Mkoll » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:40 pm

Dear SarathW,

The little I know for sure of some of the Amish is this: they make raw butter from the raw milk of their cows.

Raw dairy is illegal to sell in some US states. IMHO, it's much better tasting and healthier than pasteurized dairy.

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When this is, that is.
From the arising of this comes the arising of that.
When this isn't, that isn't.
From the cessation of this comes the cessation of that.
-SN 12.61

Ex nihilo nihil fit.

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Re: Meet the Amish

Postby Justsit » Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:44 am

A much more realistic and balanced view of the Amish is presented here. I lived in an Amish area and had Amish neighbors for a number of years. Yes, their lives seem very romantic to us "English," but they also work very hard and their rules are quite rigid. I think the thing I find most admirable is the cohesiveness of their communities, and their firm adherence to their principles. An Amish school near me was attacked in 2006 by a crazed man and ten little girls were murdered. The man committed suicide in the school as well; it was terrible. The Amish were the first to visit the attacker's family, and they offered condolence and forgiveness, as their Scripture teaches. We should all show such compassion.

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Re: Meet the Amish

Postby kitztack » Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:56 am

Justsit wrote: An Amish school near me was attacked in 2006 by a crazed man and ten little girls were murdered. The man committed suicide in the school as well; it was terrible. The Amish were the first to visit the attacker's family, and they offered condolence and forgiveness, as their Scripture teaches. We should all show such compassion.



i just saw that incident on a programme a few days ago, truly shocking and unbelievable
Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.
Aflame, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs ......

Seeing thus, the disciple of the Noble One grows disenchanted. SN 35.28
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Re: Meet the Amish

Postby Dhammanando » Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:19 am

SarathW wrote:Is there a life style like that in Buddhism?


In Thailand I suppose the Santi Asoke group might be compared to the Amish in some respects.

http://www.bunniyom.com/insight-santi_mobi3.html

http://www.bunniyom.com/openeyes.marja_leena.html
    ...and this thought arose in the mind of the Blessed One:
    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

    It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
    — William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude,
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Re: Meet the Amish

Postby Justsit » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:08 am

I should probably add, many of the Amish seem to have little compassion for other sentient beings. They often do not treat their animals with much kindness.
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