We are all on our way to enlightenment
- Depending on our "individual" consciouness (vinnana) we travel on different paths with different views through sansara to our ultimate goal of deliverence. It has nothing to do with east, west etc "i think". But what we have to do is not hurt anybody or anything so that vinnana gets used to non hurting and every day make at least one person happy. This will make the journey happy and less troublesome. May you all be well, happy, and peaceful filled with contentment and joy.
- —Guest Susantha Peeris
What the Buddha Taught
- Justin, the name of the author is Walpola Rahula. I'm on my third copy now, because I use it all the time. It's a great resource.
WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT
- Anyone interested in the knowing more about Buddhism go out and get a book by the title of -- What The Buddha Taught . . . I've given away every copy I've ever owned or I'd give you the name of the author. Anyway, look it up. Great beginning book.
- —Guest Justin
Thank you for everything
- You do an excellent job explaining complex and different thought processes.
Thank you, Barbara!
- I have to say it over and over. Your articles are the best way for me to understand the basics of Buddhism in a simple, direct, and well founded way. I am still reading them, and the links always lead ino more insights and open better understandings. Thank you! I am still not a Buddhist but these articles are all worth reading them.
- Very well said, Barbara! 3. Buddhists Believe in Reincarnation If you define reincarnation as the transmigration of a soul into a new body after the old body dies, then no, the Buddha did not teach a doctrine of reincarnation. For one thing, he taught there was no soul to transmigrate. However, there is a Buddhist doctrine of rebirth. According to this doctrine, it is the energy or conditioning created by one life that is reborn into another, not a soul. "The person who dies here and is reborn elsewhere is neither the same person, nor another," Theravada scholar Walpola Rahula wrote. However, you don't have to "believe in" rebirth to be a Buddhist. Many Buddhists are agnostic on the matter of rebirth.
Thanks for this list
- This list of misconceptions is so useful, I might print it out and hand it to people. Thank you! I might add one more misconception: Buddhists are always terribly serious people. The truth, of course, is that Buddhists are ready to see the absurdity of the human condition and, if anything, laugh more than most people--that is, laugh with people, not at them.
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