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Buddhism is not the answer. Buddhism is not the problem, either. You turned to Buddhism looking for a quick fix to your life, and now that you haven't found that quick fix after 6 years you are lashing out. I get the impression there is a lot of pent up anger in you. Anger at the world, anger at your job, anger at the so-called "better off" people who earn ...


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Just tell them: I am not a Christian, and I'm not interested in becoming one. My interest in Buddhism or any other religion is my own business. Let's not discuss religion. This answer would be in line with keeping the precept of abstaining from incorrect speech (including lying and speaking harsh words).


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Generally things happen due to cause and effect so use that to your advantage by creating the causes for happiness. You need to work on the grosser aspects before you can work with the subtle.First cultivate happiness.Otherwise your going to be gritting your teeth through the path. Here are a few practical suggestions: 1.Keep the sila (precepts). This ...


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Well, the properly Buddhist response to this kind of assault is to nod somberly and say "I see...". We have to keep in mind that the Christians who make statements like this are acting out of fear and anger. They are frightened by the prospect of eternity, and worried about the salvation of themselves and their friends and family. They see other ...


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Vicicicca(doubt) is one of five mental factors that hinders progress in meditation. Reserving judgment might sound like a neat trick. But Vicicicca is already there and your mind is already corrupted to start with. So the natural tendency of the mind is to lean towards doubt. Because most of your thoughts are tainted with ignorance. Accepting Nibbana with ...


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You can say: Did Jesus teach pride or humility? Buddha too taught humility. Did Jesus teach accumulation of riches or being satisfied with the little you have? Buddha too taught being satisfied with the little you have. Did Jesus teach sin or virtue? Buddha too taught virtue. Did Jesus teach hypocrisy or authentic goodness? Buddha too taught authentic ...


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In ancient Pali and Sanskrit texts the most common title for the Buddha is Bhagavan, which means someone rich and/or important (like e.g. Bill Gates or the president etc). This is how the Buddha is often called in the third person (i.e. Bhagavan raised from his seat and said...) The way the Buddha is usually addressed in the second person (i.e. when you say &...


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There was a joke I heard once while I was living in Toronto. I have some good news, and some bad news. The good news, is that Toronto has been compared favourably with New York. And the bad news, is that Toronto has been compared with New York. I think the fundamental problem with the scenario you're talking about is that it's a "comparison". ...


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Don't force it! Learn to find and follow your inspiration, to cultivate your inspiration :-) Buddhism is meant to be inspiring, the example of Buddha is meant to be an example you can relate to - he too could not find his place in the world before he escaped from the palace. Then he got inspired! Managing inspiration is the foremost practice in Buddhism. ...


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Good honest question, love it. Let me give you an honest answer. If one is skeptical concerning Enlightenment (because no one besides the Buddha and mysteriously ONLY those people in his time got enlightened) does it then even makes sense to practise Buddhism? Enlightenment is attained by a lot more people than you realize. It's just not advertised ...


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You can portray Gautama Buddha as an ordinary man who lived 2500 years ago, who found the way to end suffering and attain true happiness. He discovered that suffering is mostly a mental condition. Thus, Gautama Buddha became history's most illustrious psychologist. To support this claim, you can quote the first 6 verses of the Dhammapada. Part of these ...


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I think I remember a story told of the Dalai Lama walking through a crowd, and meeting someone in the crowd who had some mentally illness. According to the story, the Dalai Lama took that man's hand in his own and held it for a while, and the man (who had been unhappy) relaxed. The story was told as an example of His Holiness's compassion (and communication)...


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I think suspending judgement on doctrinal issues that you find difficult is a totally legitimate way to practice Buddhism. The Buddha himself was no stranger to suspending judgement in the 12 unanswered questions. With regard to questions of doctrine the Buddha does present both sides when discoursing with the Kalamas in the Kalama Sutta 'If there is a ...


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One of the beauty about Buddhism is "Don't just believe, but find the truth by yourself" (as I paste below). The Kalama Sutta states (Pali expression in parentheses): Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing (anussava), nor upon tradition (paramparā), nor upon rumor (itikirā), nor upon what is in a scripture (piṭaka-...


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Im nearly 50 years old ... You seem to be realising the fact of unsatisfactoriness at the intellectual level (Cintā Maya Paññā). You have to try to re enforce this at the meditation level (Bhāvanā Maya Paññā). Once this is properly re enforced, you can come out of your the unsatisfactoriness which you are experiencing. For this you have to do a meditation ...


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"I'm nearly 50 years old.. I have never found a sense of belonging... I haven't found a way to work that... I'm at a point where I feel I just cannot... I have no motivation... I have tried to find other things.. I just end up back in the same crappy jobs... I turned to Buddhism in desperation... I felt so bored and disenchanted..." etc. etc. etc. ...


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There are times when there's nothing to do but watch. Put aside the expectations for yourself gained by reading the Dhamma. Unwise attention, in this case, would include reading about arahants and then judging yourself for not being like them. Just focus on what is right here. Focus on the doubt itself, or on the body, and the feelings in the body created ...


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... so many gurus with repulsive behavior, and to the buddhist websites like Tricycle and Lion's Roar which continuously publish the writings of someone like Chogyam Trungpa. And I certainly can't see in the Dalai-Lama a personification of the Buddhist teachings, let alone his former friend Sogyal Rinpoche. This is your projection and your interpretation, ...


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Yes. Those who want good things to happen them should be heedful in doing meritorious deeds. From the Ittha Sutta: Long life, beauty, status, honor, heaven, high birth: To those who delight in aspiring for these things in great measure, continuously, the wise praise heedfulness in making merit. Those who do not want bad things to happen to them should be ...


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Good householder, it's always best to follow the Sublime Buddhas advices: “Monks, if others were to speak in dispraise of me, in dispraise of the Dhamma, or in dispraise of the Saṅgha, neither hatred nor antagonism nor displeasure of mind would be proper. If others were to speak in dispraise of me, in dispraise of the Dhamma, or in dispraise of the Saṅgha, ...


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It depends on the system. In the sutra system, there are analytical meditations involving visualizing the form of the body of the Buddha, for instance. You do this in order to achieve calm abiding on the mental image of the form of the body of the Buddha. It is very much practiced in Tibetan traditions, since it is said that the object (that mental image) ...


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I have never read or heard of this story before. The Buddha did not teach Buddhists to seek or worship 'god' (Brahma). Further, the scriptures report the Buddha said to Brahmans that no Brahman teacher has ever seen god (Brahma) & also taught Brahmans that the way or path to Brahma is to radiate love in all directions (refer to Tevijja Sutta on the ...


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It is not just any doubt, it is a highly perplexing doubt, a sense that the entire world is pulling your leg. When the doubt gets shattered there is a return to natural clarity, free of false hope. But because the koan-induced satori is more often not the complete enlightenment, there is still some lingering seeds of hope in the background, which ...


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I like to make the following points (from a Theravada standpoint.): Sañcetanika Sutta and Loṇa,phala Sutta deals with how Karma can be eradicated or results can be limited. If you have done a large amount of +ve Karma then a litter -ve Karma has limited effect Your Karma ceases to exist when you experience the result. This is something you want to avoid if ...


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Speaking from my personal experience & character, I would probably not value Buddhism at all if i did not obtain satisfying peace & happiness from it. Buddhism has brought me peace & happiness for many years however I meditated for many months full-time in a monastery to develop this. I have gained the impression from your posts you are a very ...


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This is the nature of life. Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta. First you have to accept these factors. Once you accept these,the only way you can go is up. Not Down.


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I'll try to give some quick pointers for each of the items. Like I suggested in a comment, you might be able to get more in depth answers (and more answers) if you post questions on their own. Suffering is highly exaggerated portrayed. As if nothing positive or good can happen from a bad event/feeling. Suppose one had a good experience and then the ...


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I think Stephanie of Treeleaf puts it well: I used to feel very confused as to what set "Great Doubt," the virtue, apart from "skeptical doubt," one of the traditional Five Hindrances of Buddhism. I have since learned from my experience that skeptical doubt is more of an automatic resistance to things, a destructive tendency to pick apart and reject even ...


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Great Doubt: Getting Stuck & Breaking Through -- The Real Koan by Jeff Shore is a lecture on that topic. Some quotes from its introduction: In Zen practice, the essential point is to arouse Doubt. What is this Doubt? For example, when you are born, where do you come from? You cannot help but remain in doubt about this. When you die, where do ...


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