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somniis
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Greetings

Postby somniis » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:16 am

Hi everyone!

I am a 23-year-old male living in Alabama. I'm mostly here to learn more about Buddhism and hopefully integrate it more into my life. So... hello! :hello:

If I may ask, do any of you have a good way of explaining what Buddhism is all about to mostly Christian people? My family and friends are curious and ask me but it's so much more complicated compared to Christianity, that I really have no good answer without making them feel like I am "preaching". Do any of you have any experience with this type of situation? :shrug:

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Re: Greetings

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:43 am

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Buddhism is about the truth of suffering and the way out of suffering. That's the short and simple answer. If they want more, then you can direct them to further details, if you want.

A little more:
Loving-kindness, compassion, joy with others (non-jealousy), and equanimity.
Non-violent, tolerant, anyone can go to heaven.
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Re: Greetings

Postby Ben » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:51 am

Hi somniis

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel

As David said, the Buddhist path is the way to end suffering.
Here's something that you might find useful for yourself:

The Noble Eightfold Path The Way to the End of Suffering by Bhikkhu Bodhi : http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... toend.html

And in turn it may better assist you to describe Buddhism to others.
kind regards

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Greetings

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:59 am

Greetings somniis,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

In relation to your question, try Dhammapada verse 183...

To avoid all evil,
to cultivate good,
and to cleanse one's mind
— this is the teaching of the Buddhas.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .budd.html

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Greetings

Postby bodom » Fri Apr 23, 2010 1:20 pm

Welcome somniis!

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/


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