Buddhism in one sentence

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Buddhism in one sentence

Postby Upasaka Sumana » Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:14 pm

If any non-buddhist ever asked you to describe Buddhism in one sentence, what would you tell him/her?

My take:

Buddhism is a set of teachings and practices whose aim is the utter elimination of suffering and attainment of complete happiness, achieved through deep insight into the true nature of reality.

Your take:
With metta,

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
~Nelson Mandela

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby Laurens » Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:38 pm

Buddhism is the art of being kind and letting go.
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

Carl Sagan

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:52 pm

Avoid all evil,
Cultivate the good,
Purify your mind.

(Dhammapada, verse 183)

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby Tex » Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:44 pm

Buddhism is the practice of developing wisdom, wholesome conduct, and concentration for the purpose of ending suffering.
"The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement."-- Ajahn Chah, Living Dhamma

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:55 pm

you know that song, hotel california, by the eagles? well, it's nothing like that.

wait that's how i used to describe my band... i think Davids quote of the dhammapada works well..
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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 in one sentence

Postby catmoon » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:04 am

Retro is cool.

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby Northernbuck » Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:01 am

Buddhism is a means to find ones own truth.
But if this neutral feeling that has arisen is conditioned by the body which is impermanent, compounded and dependently arisen, how could such a neutral feeling be permanent? - SN 36.7

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby acinteyyo » Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:16 am

I would repeat the Buddha:
Both formerly, monks, and now, it is just suffering that I make known and the ending of suffering.
Pubbe cāhaṃ bhikkhave, etarahi ca dukkhañceva paññāpemi, dukkhassa ca nirodhaṃ. (M 22)

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby cooran » Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:23 am

Seeing things as they really are.
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby Lazy_eye » Sat Dec 05, 2009 1:22 pm

Practice non-clinging.

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby ckatgo » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:07 pm

I don't know where I read this, but -

Nothing is to be clung to as I, me or mine.

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby JeffR » Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:41 am

The path to end all suffering.

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby Rhino » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:54 am

Sabbe sattā āhāratthitikā,
All creatures are stayed (supported, maintained) by food (D. 33: iii,211)

Or (in other words):
All beings are fuelled by Nutriment

With best wishes

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby alan » Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:43 pm

I'd say to him/her that it can't be expressed in one sentence, and then ask if she or he really wants to know.

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby Kokoro » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:50 pm

Let's see if I can try this....

Buddhism is the method to awaken oneself as taught by the One who has been awakened.

I really like the descriptions given before my post as well.

I also like the last sentence in the first paragraph in the Wiki for Buddhism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism) which says
Buddhism is traditionally conceived as a path of liberation attained through insight into the ultimate nature of reality.
although if I were to use this description personally, I would change the sixth word from the indefinite article to the definite article. :smile:


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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby LauraJ » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:34 pm

catmoon wrote:Retro is cool.

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby withoutcolour » Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:14 am

I would reply:

Buddha said, "I teach one thing and one only: suffering and the end of suffering."

...which has sort of been said in posts above me but in different phrasing.
It's pretty succinct.
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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby Dan74 » Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:56 am

Dealing with every situation appropriately.

(and realizing what is appropriate).


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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby Cafael Dust » Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:02 pm

Buddhism is where we're going.
Not twice, not three times, not once,
the wheel is turning.

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Re: Buddhism in one sentence

Postby appicchato » Sun Dec 20, 2009 3:10 pm

'The Middle Way'...

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