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Basic Buddhism Guide as posted in the sticky

Postby CoreyNiles92 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:08 am

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/qanda.htm

I personally have to say this is one of the more biased collection of facts I have seen. I would not advise newcomers to Buddhism to read this personally, I know very little, but whoever answered these questions seems to feel themselves more intelligent, or important than the person asking the questions. Stating matter-of-factly that reincarnation exists, and nearly shunning vegetarians in favor of non-vegetarians, it seems to be quite backwards in what Buddhism is about. Questions such as, "who is the better Buddhist" in any given situation, seems to be an unfair statement, and beyond anyone's speculation.
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Re: Basic Buddhism Guide as posted in the sticky

Postby cooran » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:04 am

Hello CoreyNiles92,

Could you please give quotations from the Buddha's Teachings to support what you maintain about the 'unfair statements' in the linked text? I'm not agreeing or disagreeing - but a discussion needs to be on specifics not generalities.

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Re: Basic Buddhism Guide as posted in the sticky

Postby Ben » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:40 am

CoreyNiles92 wrote:http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/qanda.htm

I personally have to say this is one of the more biased collection of facts I have seen..., I know very little,

It would appear, Corey, that you're unqualified to critique Ven Dhammika's "A Basic Buddhism Guide".
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Re: Basic Buddhism Guide as posted in the sticky

Postby nibbuti » Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:40 am

Hi Corey. I concur with your specific concerns in regard to the rather speculative or matter-of-factly parts of the Q&A. One doesn't have to have an academic degree, status or position to acknowledge that certain wide-spread assumptions are not always experience based.

But I think it's as good a Q&A as any (by someone who is not Buddha or quoting Dhamma). It's not necessary to worry there, everyone will eventually get the "introduction" their heart reveals to them and stumble upon the teachings (dhamma) they need.

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Re: Basic Buddhism Guide as posted in the sticky

Postby James the Giant » Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:22 am

CoreyNiles92 wrote:http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/qanda.htm

I personally have to say this is one of the more biased collection of facts I have seen. I would not advise newcomers to Buddhism to read this personally

I personally have to say this is one of the best collection of facts I have seen. I would advise newcomers to Buddhism to read this personally. In fact, I ordered 10 copies and gave them to anyone who asked me what Buddhism was about.

But more constructively, Corey, do you have a suggestion for a better intro? If you've read one as accessible I'd like to know.
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Re: Basic Buddhism Guide as posted in the sticky

Postby Alobha » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:16 pm

James the Giant wrote:I personally have to say this is one of the best collection of facts I have seen. I would advise newcomers to Buddhism to read this personally. In fact, I ordered 10 copies and gave them to anyone who asked me what Buddhism was about.

But more constructively, Corey, do you have a suggestion for a better intro? If you've read one as accessible I'd like to know.


I agree. It cleans up many of the very common misconceptions and comes straight to the point.
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