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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

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Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

Postby pink_trike » Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:49 am

Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

Postby jcsuperstar » Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:08 am

i say religion. it's not a philosophy as one can take up any philosophy one wishes to and it means nothing in terms of one's daily life.

for example: i subscribe to certain anarchist philosophies, yet i live in a capitalist society and i function in ways that are purely capitalist. so what am i? capitalist or socialist?
i can use a philosophy to inform certain choices i make and thats about it unless i wanna start lobbing bombs or some other absurd BS.

religion on the other hand isnt bound like this, its not some intelectual "game". it defines who i am on a deeper level, both rational and irrational.
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

Postby Rui Sousa » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:40 pm

The word Religion comes from the latin religio, which no one knows exactly what it meant, but most believe it is from the verb ligare, that means to connect or to bind, and the prefix re- wich indicates an idea of repetition. The romans had period events in which they would pay homage to the deities (devas ? ) that were associated with water streams, fountains and woods, and also deities associated with human activities. Religio may indicate the repetitive aspect of these moments in which men connects to the deities.

Philosophy as clearer meaning ("love for wisdom") and as a greek root.

I don't think you can put the Dhamma in either, but at the same time it includes both. The recollection of the Devas could be interpreted as carachteristic of a religion,and the task of removing ignorance from ones minds can be seen as an act of a philosopher.
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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:22 pm

I believe the Dhamma is beyond both of these concepts.

:namaste:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

Postby dhammatrophic » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:52 am

Since becoming a Buddhist,
Sometimes my head spins
and
Sometimes my stomach gets in a knot.

But then again,
these things happen less often
since I became a Buddhist.
-trophic
1. turning, changing, or reacting in a particular way
2. attracted to, having an affinity for, or moving toward a particular thing
3. acting on something specified, or in a particular way
4. relating to a specified kind of nutrition.

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Re: Buddhism - Religion or Philosophy

Postby Jechbi » Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:36 am

Or science?



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