nrose619 wrote:Thank you for the reply. I recently have been moving away from the ideas of spirits, demons, and gods (Christianity) and when I discovered Buddhism it clicked with me and I began to feel at peace. I was just surprised that the Theravada practice confirmed spiritual realms, I always thought that was more involved in Mahayana Buddhism.
I've got some bad news and some good news for you.
First the bad:
You'll find that Buddhism (including Theravada Buddhism) is filled with superstitions, spirits, other realms, planes of existence, gods, demons, rebirth, miracles, flying monks, talking animals, and karma.
But the good news is that none of that really matters, and just like a delicious plate of food with some nasty boiled brussels sprouts on it, you can eat the good stuff and push the brussels sprouts aside or give them to the dog.
What really matters is morality, mediation, and the cultivation of wisdom. The 8-fold path.
It works just the same.
(okay, it may be easier
for the person who does believe all that stuff, as they aren't so much assailed by doubt, and the wackiness does offer convenient solutions to some problems, but still, it works.)