How do you know that you have arrived at the true Dhamma?
From MN 9:
Ven. Sariputta said, "When a disciple of the noble ones discerns what
is unskillful, discerns the root of what is unskillful, discerns what
is skillful, and discerns the root of what is skillful, it is to that
extent that he is a person of right view, one whose view is made
And there the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Now, bhikkhus, I shall make known to you the four great references. Listen and pay heed to my words." And those bhikkhus answered, saying:
"So be it, Lord."
Then the Blessed One said: "In this fashion, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu might speak: 'Face to face with the Blessed One, ...
With many traditions and teachers to choose from, how should one figure out what is the true Dhamma?
From AN 8.53
"Gotami, the qualities of which you may know, 'These qualities lead to passion, not to dispassion; to being fettered, not to being unfettered; to accumulating, not to shedding; to self-aggrandizement, not to modesty; to discontent, not to ...
"Of course you are uncertain, Kalamas. Of course you are in doubt. When there are reasons for doubt, uncertainty is born. So in this case, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative ...
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-->If that's what you really crave, then you might "suffer" if you don't get it! The Dhammapada warns against repretitive thinking such as, "He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." etc.
If the above is tough then i will slowly below and create a writing suitable to my culture to clear the ...
I can see your dilemma. If you read the original teachings of the Buddha (in the Early Buddhist Texts) and compare it with what is practised today, you will find a lot of differences.
For e.g. in the original teachings, there's no statue-worship, deities-worship, chanting for blessing, trances, rituals, offering of food or flowers or incense to statues etc.
This isn't easy to answer because I'm not sure what the question is.
It seems to be:
How can I explain Buddhism to Christians?
How can I reconcile Buddhism with Christianity?
How can I answer Christian's attacks on Buddhism?
You found already, and posted in your question, some topics like "Top 10 MISCONCEPTIONS about BUDDHISM."
They don't make ...
It is my impression that one might accept, believe and hold that greed, anger & delusion are traits that are corruptions in a person but find it difficult to evaluate which set of ideas are faulty and what is the optimal way to develop the good and eliminate the bad traits.
One such as this could hold the foremost wrong view on the matter of there being ...
I posted that Buddhism or Christ? question on a Christian forum too, and after quite a response from them, I felt I have some clues.
I used to be a loyal person and have been studying Buddhism for 6 years. Indeed it helps me a lot to be a better person and almost 100% of my doubt and direction can be found from the legacy of Buddha. Now I have been in Church ...