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Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed! - Dhamma Wheel

Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

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Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

Postby bsmiley96 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:49 pm

Hi, my name is Brandon :hello: and i have an assignment for school in which i have to interview a person of another religion ( I am Roman catholic) and i would really like to interview someone of the Buddhist faith because the very little i do know about Buddhism, i think is extremely interesting and would absolutely love to learn more! :sage:

if you could please take a few minutes to answer the following and post them in the thread it would be a huge help!

1- What do you think the most fundamental aspect(s) of your religion is ?
2- what do you want other to know about your religion
3-what do you think is the most unique aspect of your religion is?
4- what makes you a strong believer in your faith?
5-what are some of your religious traditions, rituals? and which do you favor most?
6- what are some symbols of your religion, and what do they symbolize?
7- Does your religion provide a guide for your future path?
8- what do you believe about diety/ies?
8- do you pray? if so how do you pray?
9- what are your thoughts on Christianity, specifically Catholicism
10- what is your favorite concept in your religion?
11- in the area that you live in, how large is the buddhist community?

For those of your who answer, Thaank you for your time!!!! :namaste:

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Re: Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:00 pm

1- What do you think the most fundamental aspect(s) of your religion is ?

"The avoidance of any evil,
the performance of what is good,
the purifying of one's own mind:
this is the teaching
of the Buddhas."

2- what do you want other to know about your religion

That Buddhism is rational, compassionate path to freedom from suffering.

3-what do you think is the most unique aspect of your religion is?

Buddhism rejects the idea of a soul or permanent self, which is fairly rare for most religions.

4- what makes you a strong believer in your faith?

The beautiful, reasonable, and compassionate teachings of the Buddha that have helped me find happiness and peace in my present life.

5-what are some of your religious traditions, rituals? and which do you favor most?

Buddhism is not a religion that puts a heavy emphasis on ritual, but meditation is the core of Buddhist practice, and I enjoy it very much.

6- what are some symbols of your religion, and what do they symbolize?

We are known for our Dhamma Wheel, which symbolizes the Noble Eightfold Path of Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.

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7- Does your religion provide a guide for your future path?

I'm not sure exactly what this means?

8- what do you believe about diety/ies?

Most Buddhists believe that heavenly beings, which we call Devas, exist, but they are just like us; subject to aging, death, suffering, and rebirth according to their deeds. We don't worship them.

8- do you pray? if so how do you pray?

I wouldn't say I pray, but I do meditate.

9- what are your thoughts on Christianity, specifically Catholicism

I think Jesus was a very compassionate and wise man, but I think that theism is Wrong View and a path to suffering.

10- what is your favorite concept in your religion?

My favorite concept would be emptiness - the idea that all things are dependent on each other, impermanent and lacking in essential self.

11- in the area that you live in, how large is the buddhist community?
There are probably about 50 Buddhists in my Idaho town.

Let me know if I can clarify any of those answers!
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta


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Re: Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

Postby befriend » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:17 pm

1 virtue
2 it is hard work it is not hippy dippy/flakey
3 no God
4 if you study it you will develop a love for buddha, its the most extensive body of writing known to man
5 reciting the 5 rememberances
6 a lion with 4 heads looking in the 4 directions, symbolizes the fearlessness of buddha and the roar symbolizes the teachings and how powerful they are
7 i dont know what you mean
8 sometimes i do just wish people to get better if they are ill
9 no comment
10 the amount of information covers so much ground
nothing can destroy a man who has lived a pure life

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Re: Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

Postby bsmiley96 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:18 pm


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Re: Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:43 pm

Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta


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Re: Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

Postby bsmiley96 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:56 pm

Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :goodpost:

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Re: Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:28 pm

1- What do you think the most fundamental aspect(s) of your religion is ?
From the Dhammapada
183.
Do not preform any unskilled acts, skilful acts are the way of a meditator.
So purify your own mind of defilements: this is the wisdom the Buddhas teach.

2- what do you want other to know about your religion
nothing, the question should be "What do others want to know?"

3-what do you think is the most unique aspect of your religion is?
the practicability.it is a fluid practice, able to move with life without being a hindrance when held correctly.

4- what makes you a strong believer in your faith?
the fruits of the practice, for myself and others

5-what are some of your religious traditions, rituals? and which do you favor most?
Meditation, chanting the texts. I don't have a preference they are useful in my life in different ways.

6- what are some symbols of your religion, and what do they symbolize?
Dhamma Wheel symbolyses the eightfold path.

7- Does your religion provide a guide for your future path?
it provides a path to a goal, and until that is reached there is a path to be walked.

8- what do you believe about diety/ies?
Although there are deities within Buddhism, no deity is considered useful to the path of practice within Theravada.

8- do you pray? if so how do you pray?
who would I prey to? I do reflect and use some Christian meditative techneques such as lecio Divina but no prayer in the way you would refer to.

9- what are your thoughts on Christianity, specifically Catholicism
worldly.

10- what is your favorite concept in your religion?
Do not preform any unskilled acts, skilful acts are the way of a meditator.
So purify your own mind of defilements: this is the wisdom the Buddhas teach.

11- in the area that you live in, how large is the buddhist community?
Small, less than 10 in total.

1- According to your religion, what is the problem for humans (our dilema or flaw, etc) and what is the cause of this problem?
Dukkha, the cause is npt seeing things as they really are in reality.

2- According to your religion what is the ideal state, goal or "ultimacy" for individuals?
Nibbana - Enlightenment.

3- What are the methods or means by which this ideal is achieved?
The Noble Eightfold Path.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

Postby Jason » Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:47 pm

"Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya" ().

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Re: Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

Postby whynotme » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:02 am

1- What do you think the most fundamental aspect(s) of your religion is ?
It doesn't have negative, it is good no matter at micro or large scale, short term or long term

2- what do you want other to know about your religion
It doesn't have negative, it is good no matter at micro or large scale, short term or long term

3-what do you think is the most unique aspect of your religion is?
It doesn't have negative, it is good no matter at micro or large scale, short term or long term

4- what makes you a strong believer in your faith?
It doesn't have negative, it is good no matter at micro or large scale, short term or long term

5-what are some of your religious traditions, rituals? and which do you favor most?
Seeking and learning, examining everything with an opened mind

6- what are some symbols of your religion, and what do they symbolize?
The wheel, it is the symbol of motion, the truth, the law of the universe

7- Does your religion provide a guide for your future path?
Yes, it does

8- what do you believe about diety/ies?
Yes I believe in deities' existence, but they don't mean much in my life. My life, good or bad depends on my actions.

8- do you pray? if so how do you pray?
No, I don't pray

9- what are your thoughts on Christianity, specifically Catholicism
It has some good teachings in it, it has some bad teachings in it. Catholicism is the largest religion by number of believers

10- what is your favorite concept in your religion?
Be wise, open minded. Get the result of what is done, good or bad is depends on oneself.

11- in the area that you live in, how large is the buddhist community?
Most people where I live are half buddhists
Please stop following me

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Re: Buddhist with good understanding of their religion needed!

Postby DAWN » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:00 am

Sabbe dhamma anatta
We are not concurents...

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