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If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be? - Dhamma Wheel

If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby Benjamin » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:37 am

Like the title says, if you weren't a Buddhist, which tradition or religion/philosophy would you follow? (for example Daoism, Atheism, etc.)

I think this serves to be an interesting question, for it shows where else our philosophical leanings may be when the Dhamma is left out of the equation. Personally, I'd go with . I find a lot of parallels between it and the Buddha's teachings.


***Please take the question as a hypothetical scenario. We don't need a repeat of the "What if you knew rebirth didn't exist" thread here. It's just for fun.***


Looking forward to some interesting answers. :anjali:
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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby plwk » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:41 am

Another parallel

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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby Benjamin » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:08 am

Yes, a different question but one that's very related. Thanks for posting.
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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby Digity » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:54 am

I'd be nothing.

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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby James the Giant » Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:00 am

I'd be a militant atheist terrorist.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby Reductor » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:21 am

I suppose I'd be a hedonistically inclined man with materialistic, annihilationist views, since those attitudes seem most natural to me. :tongue:

I'd lie awake at night fretting about death. I'd spend my days sick over life.

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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby Benjamin » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:22 pm

Well, I found it fun. Maybe interesting is a better choice of word.

I didn't mean this to be a parallel of the other thread posted here; a sort of "What would your life be without Buddhism" type of thing. I'm asking if you had a second choice as far as a religion or philosophy goes, what would you pick besides the Buddhasasana?

Didn't expect so many people to be so cut and dry :shrug:
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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby daverupa » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:30 pm

The thing is, in my case I spent decades hunting through the religions on offer, and they were all found wanting, so there really isn't another game in town that I can see.

I was fond of Daoism for quite a while, so I might've ended up doing various qigong exercises instead of bhavana.

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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby Coyote » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:46 pm

Interesting question. I may have stuck with Christianity.
If not that, them probably an agnostic "still searching". It's really hard to say.
I like Greek philosophy, and stoicism appealed to me too, though I like Plato a lot more. I'd probably look there for guidance and inspiration.
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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby Benjamin » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:57 pm

"Don't believe everything you read."
-The Buddha

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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby rohana » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:58 pm

Hopefully I would not be a nihilist and choose something like Vedānta instead. Cultivation of samādhi is the next best pleasure if nibbāna is not on the menu.
"Delighting in existence, O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence, they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind."
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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:00 pm

A jerk, probably.
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: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby Spiny Norman » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:20 pm

"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
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Re: If you couldn't be a Buddhist, what would you be?

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:46 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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