From the article: Misunderstanding Buddhism
Buddhists want to get enlightened so they can be blissed out all the time. And they believe in reincarnation, and if something bad happens to you it's because of something you did in a past life. And Buddhists have to be vegetarians. Everybody knows that. Unfortunately, much of what "everybody knows" about Buddhism isn't true. What do you think are the most common things people believe about Buddhism that are not true? Have Your Say
BUddhists are psycopaths
- "it teaches that beings and phenomena have no intrinsic existence". This is the premise that allows us to dismiss the soul. You cannot destroy your own soul without being a psychopath That is the very definition of a psychopath - no conscious care or respect for the feelings of others . And if you destroy your own soul (feelings) you have no respect for other souls either. Buddhsim is all about soul destruction. You have to be a pscychopath to be a good Buddhist. Guranteed the Dali Lama is a psychopath despite my not knowing the guy or care about his politics. I have lived with many Chinese Buddhists and I know how BUddhism is played out in real life. And I understand why the CHinese Government hates it so much. How can you appeal to a man without a consciounce. IE Buddhist.
- —Guest ed
- People's next physicality is based on their previous physicality however an ingenuine trait would however get passed on to the next physicality.
- —Guest LJ
- Rebirth is one of the basic doctrines that a Buddhist has to believe. Because how can you balatantly say that you what's happening to you now is not the retribution from your past karma? Especially if it's good things, it's still a form of "good" retribution.
- —Guest Bruce
Actual value of Buddhist practice
- The actual value appears to be that some can overcome their emotional reservoir, if their ego defences are not too strong: mine were, so i had to use a bigger hammer to break through them. However, judging from my own subsequent (10 years later) experience of Nirvana/Enlightenment, it is apparent that not only was Siddhartha G. not fully enlightened, but that no Buddhist can be-e.g. the Dalai Lama admits he is not, also that Buddhism does not understand Nirvana. This is the fundamental flaw in Buddhism, the lack of realisation that the Nirvana experience is a grace from God; a temporary being at one outside time and space-hence nothingness except total bliss; absolute completion; infinite love, and immense creative potential as was my experience. It is entirely logical that a person cannot be at one with God-all this has to fall away. In practice the personality; ego, and name are overwhelmed and dissolved in love. What remains is a sense of individuality at the same level as God.
- —Guest David Collier
Not a religion
- Thanks for a well-written piece that can dispel much delusion. I disagree that Buddhism is a religion in the sense that one can be a practicing Buddhist and consider herself a Catholic or Hindu or an atheist. Yes, in much of the world Buddhism has mystical & devotional elements, but these usually come from the cultural belief of a place in which Buddhism flourishes. Hinduism, Bon, Confusionism: all influenced the growth of Buddhism. In the US, we see American influences changing Buddhism. Look at Insight Meditation centers. Trungpa knew that this country would adapt Buddhism while keeping the word of the Buddha alive & relevant. Buddha spoke of religion or ceremony to dispel superstition & to focus the mind on the present.
- —Guest Melissa
- to Guest qBzQmePU Buddhism MAY be for You it may also not be for you You just (like many of US including ME) dont know. In our actual state we suffer because we dont know = ignorance
- —Guest Minh
misconception about buddhism
- the general idea of buddhism is anti- social a buddhist live a life withdrawn from the wolrd. This is not correct
- —Guest Minh
Thanks for writing this article
- Thanks for writing this article.Most of the time,the "Buddhism isn't a religion" thing is the one bugging me.Yes,it is!Please stop saying it isn't.
- —Guest Patrick Mooe
Praying for lord buddha
- I've reed in this site,Buddhist followers are praying for Buddha,which is completely wrong,yes we do respect to statues and images of lord Buddha,its not praying,we are never demand any thing from him.but we do follow his theories,which he found over 2500 years a go.please study well before put in to sites,we do not have supreme god to pray,except true nature and practical existence.
- —Guest sudeep
All life is precious
- Buddhism teaches us that there are two things in common with all minds. Every mind wants happiness and nobody wants to die. If this simple message can spread the world over (If coca cola can exist in the smallest of villages round the world, why not this?) The world would be a better place to live in. People would spend more time on introspection than on execution.
- —Guest saket mehta
anatma wrong doctrine
- doctrine of anatma was not found by buddha,it was there long before buddha was born.its clearly explained in vedanta(indian old scripture).its not state of nothingness as what some scholars believe but instead its a state of wholeness,complete and perfect.there is no matter,no energy and nothing that we know,its just a state of awareness of everything.this is what buddha meant by annatma. some scholars misunderstood that its a state of comatose and a point of no return.if at the end we disssolve into nothingness than who is the one had been to that nothingness and came back to tell us.if nothingness is the ultimate truth and we got no soul than why must we do good ,we can live as we like with full bad deeds simply because we got no life after death so there is nothing to be worried no punishment,no judgement,no god,no soul and nothing.anatma as explained by vedanta is a place that doesnt have matter,energy or anything that we know. empty but its fully alive and full of awareness.
- —Guest vijay naiker
- Belief in rebirth is actually very important when you claim to be a "Buddhist". Especially when you start claiming things happen outside of Karma. That means you still believe in "good/bad" luck.
- —Guest thug4lyfe
Karma is something completely different
- Yes - I agree that karma is an impersonal force that governs just as any other force does. However, Karma has more meaning than just "action". This is a misrepresentation of what karma actually is. Karma is considered, and quite accurately translated as; "The Law of Cause and Effect". That being said, this still does not account for what karma truly is. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna explains that karma is not an unruly law that balances action and reaction no matter what. What Krishna describes is the ATTACHMENT to the action. The following of one's dharma. Attachment to your actions is what brings retribution or reward, not the action alone. If you feel justified in 'removing' a certain obstacle from your path to enlightenment - if it is your dharma - and you disassociate any attachment you may have to that action, seeing it as merely a necessity for your progression, you will not see retribution - rather reward for your courage.
- —Guest DKM
- rim,Was the enlightened one, Buddha, a Buddhist?Was there a rolegiin named Buddhism during or before the time of Buddha?Who create the system of Buddhism? as a result, the followers were named Buddhists? I'm not really into rolegiin . As far as I'm concerned, rolegiin is a system created by people to server specific purposes. The rolegiin system doesn't necessarily serve most people's need to true happiness. To me, rolegiin not completely equals to happiness, the essence of dharma. Please correct me if I misunderstand this. However, I'm serious in finding the true happy life, just pure and true happiness. with love, respect and trust
- —Guest qBzQmePU
8. Buddhism Teaches We're to suffer
- Sorry. This article inadvertently may be contributing to misunderstanding of Buddhism. The first truth translated should read life is sorrow. It is probably a better translation of the word "Dukka ". In my limited understanding of Pali it does not mean "anything that is temporary, incomplete, or conditioned by other things. So even joy and bliss are dukkha, because they come and go." My understanding is that sorrow is created by unfulfilled desires. Hence, minimize desires to minimize sorrow. Understand that everything in life is changing and hence temporary. This will minimize your sorrow due to an undesired outcome.
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