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As someone who was born into Orthodox Christian faith, has been baptized, attended church occasionally, has read full Bible, both New and Old Testament (BTW the Orthodox version of which includes 11 more "books" than the Protestant, 4 more than the Catholic), who has high respect for the teaching of Christ, appreciation of Father, and deep connection with ...


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Shikantaza means "just sitting" or "single-minded sitting". It is a state of being where you are present here and now, no matter on what you experience, in body or mind. About losing your religion: the Buddha said that there are three marks of existence, one of them is impermanence of all compound things (anicca). In other words, anything that once begins ...


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It's important to understand that any amount of external situations happen which may not go your way. When it goes your way, you're happy and God doesn't come into the picture. And when it doesn't, sometimes God doesn't help. ;) So the idea is to accept the external situation as it is, because it was never in your control. And keep living with the moments ...


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Faith in Buddhism has many function. Also faith in upon which wisdon is built. Firstly you listen to the Dhamma and see that this sounds right Secondly you see this is logical when you think and analyse it Lastly you should practice and see for your self then you know that in fact it is right by direct experience hence faith becomes unshakable You might ...


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There's a Wikipedia article here about the word "faith" in Christianity; which begins, The word "faith", translated from the Greek πιστις (pi'stis), was primarily used in the New Testament with the Greek perfect tense and translates as a noun-verb hybrid; which is not adequately conveyed by the English noun. An explanation of what the Greek perfect tense ...


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Faith is a central concept to Christianity, but like Buddhism, Christianity has different branches and the views differ somewhat in each. The wikipedia article on Faith in Christianity gives a fair summary of some of these views. The Original (Ancient Greek) word that is translated to 'faith' in English versions of the New Testament is: pistis ( πίστις ), ...


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the diminishing of the presence of tanha leads to the diminishing of the presence of dukkha... the extension of this principle... via inductive reasoning... applied all the way until complete eradication of dukkha... Let's reason logically: We know that everything in life of a sentient being can be subsumed under subjective experience. For a sentient being ...


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Buddhism has principles called “Sama-jivi Dhamma” for couple to ensure their compatibility and provide a firm foundation for a long married life. Sama-jivi dhamma concerns four qualities: Sama-saddha: having compatible faith; they uphold the same religion, revere the same objects of worship, concepts, beliefs or principles, and share the same lines of ...


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Isn't there a story in the commentaries about a monk who had very advanced intellectual understanding of the Buddhist path, and was even a very good teacher of others, and brought many of them to enlightenment, but was not himself enlightened. The story goes that eventually something happened to make that problem clear to him, then he did some stuff -- lived ...


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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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CASE 16. UMMON'S SEVEN-FOLD ROBE Ummon said, "The world is vast and wide; why do you put on your seven-piece robe at the sound of the bell?" Mumon's Comment: When one meditates and studies Zen, one extinguishes the attachment to sound and color. Even though some have attained enlightenment by hearing a sound, or an awakening by seeing a color,...


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Science is not a religion, it is a method. Science does not "preach", has no hierarchy, ultimate authorities, dogmas, axioms, faith, nor any principle or concept that cannot be questioned and criticized. Any student is free to prove his teacher wrong. In fact, science values being proven wrong as much as being proven right, as both indicate the ...


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In the Kalama Sutta, the Buddha is reported as saying that Buddhist principles should not be accepted without evidence, and that 'it is proper ... to doubt'. Confidence/trust (sraddha) in the teachings is important, but 'blind' faith is actively discouraged. Here's what he is reported as saying: "It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain; ...


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Absolutely, it is possible to be incorrect about the notion that one was on the Buddhist path. I have had plenty of this sort of experience in my own meditation practice. Very frequently I would have unusual experiences in meditation, such as seeing lights, being filled with joy, a sense of time coming to a stop, etc. And I would ask my teacher what these ...


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Some people with a mental health history have actually benefited from meditation. Such benefit is known to occur on a case-by-case basis, similar to how not every person that lives as a monk benefits from monkhood. Many meditation centres have experience with mental health and generally require approval from a persons's psychologist or psychiatrist ...


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There is no problem for a Buddhist and a non-Buddhist to enjoy a married life together. However, the Buddha recommended couples to be in tune in conviction, for best results, in the Samajivina Sutta: [The Blessed One said:] "If both husband & wife want to see one another not only in the present life but also in the life to come, they should be in ...


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The role of faith is as follows: Other teachings: unquestioned belief in a dogma or central teaching, which cannot be verified through practice, which cannot be questioned or scrutinised, and which generally is a promise after death that cannot be realized within this lifetime and experienced here and now. Also here is an entity which saves a person or ...


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Faith and Shraddha are two concepts people often get confused. Faith is more of a blind belief that encourage following without question. Shraddha is the concept given in Buddhism. Shraddha is having unshakable trust in Lord Buddha, In Lord Buddha's teachings and the monks. But this trust should come from realization not from blindly following. This ...


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Well, not to get too academic in one's understanding, but it would be advisable to check out The Five Strengths http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Strengths Which are also known as The 5 Powers, The 5 Spiritual Powers. Edward Conze calls them The Five Spiritual Faculties. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/conze/wheel065.html This article by ...


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Everything just seemed right, because I was truly convinced by this idea that the truth lies within, and I just saw the buddha as someone who had found it. Buddhism is about the psychology of suffering in life and the way to overcome it. karma and rebirth in other worlds Karma is that each action will have a reaction in a the future. E.g. if you seek a ...


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It is not that I suggest you to actually negate rebirth (that would be disparaging Buddha Dharma), but you do not have to admit it either. And while not dwelling on the notion of rebirth itself, you might find the space to take a step back and look at your own mind, so as to come to know "Why do I react in this way? How do I relate to rebirth in this way? ...


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This is what happens when you create too many expectations of something that is only in your mind. Why don't you take whatever you read with a pinch of salt and figure it out for yourself? Buddha advised people to practice for themselves. If buddhism was somehow influenced by other religions, then it cannot be original, and therefore it is not truthful <--...


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Love is foundation of a relationship. Instead of marriage focus on love. If you have positive vibration you will attract persons of positive vibrations to you. Also you will be able to feel the person instead of judging the person. Looks like your understanding of very natural phenomenon (man/woman) is shallow and taking recourse to religion to understand ...


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While this answer focuses on mindfulness-based medical therapies that are derived from Buddhist meditation techniques, it does not directly promote original Buddhist meditation practices, for medical therapy. This Feb 2015 article from Huffington Post reports that: Mindfulness research pioneer and founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Jon ...


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The sutta lists links of dependent origination, backwards. So I'd read it as "With existence as condition, birth. With birth as condition, suffering. With suffering as condition, faith." I expect it means faith in the four noble truths, for example: i.e. because of (conditioned by) suffering you agree with the noble truths (including the first noble truth),...


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Suffering drove Prince Gautama to renounce his comfortable life and find the path to the end of suffering. Hence suffering should be enough to motivate us to have faith in the path found by Gautama Buddha. From the Sukhamala Sutta: 'Subject to birth, subject to aging, subject to death, run-of-the-mill people are repelled by those who suffer from ...


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I married a devout Christian in 1982, then took refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sanga in 2002. It is not ideal, since she believes I will spend eternity tormented in hell, but this is samsara, it was not meant to be ideal. She is a sincere practicing Christian with tremendous compassion for sentient beings. We are apparently bound together by karma and I ...


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One can be a Buddhist: one believes in what is consistent with the teaching verified by oneself unverified but believed due to the confidence in the teaching If one believes what is consistent even it is unverified there is no harm.


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