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Are you Pagan?

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Are you Pagan?

Postby Virgo » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:33 am

Paganism: Paganism (from Latin paganus, meaning "country dweller", "rustic"[1]) is a blanket term, typically used to refer to polytheistic religious traditions, although from a Christian perspective, the term can encompass all non–Abrahamic religions.

I realized recently that in following a "non-Abrahamic religion" that I am actually Pagan (as a Buddhist). Prior to that I thought that Paganism only referred to pre-Christian nature-based religions of Europe.

So, as a little joke, here is a little tune I came across for all my non-Abrahamic Buddhist friends:



I am proud.

Kevin


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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby bodom » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:21 am

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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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby Virgo » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:30 am



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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby bodom » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:39 am

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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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby bodom » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:42 am

Paganism is cool in my book though. I dig the the whole nature thing.

: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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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby Virgo » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:43 am



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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby alan » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:22 am

I get up early to take silly pictures of birds. Can I be a pagan, too?
Always thought I'd make a good pagan.

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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby Modus.Ponens » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:28 am

Nice to see you here again Virgo.

I don't really care about what christians think of me. I used to identify paganism with love of nature and wichcraft.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby Individual » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:45 am

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby alan » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:48 am

Jeez, Individual. Isn't this kind of a joke thread?

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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby Monkey Mind » Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:22 am

I dated a Wiccan once. I can assrtively say I am not a pagan... :tongue:
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby plwk » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:33 am

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Re: Are you Pagan?

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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby cooran » Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:48 am

Yes Kim - it's the Akkosa Sutta ''Insult''
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

with metta
Chris
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby bodom » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:17 pm

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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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby Popo » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:41 pm

I think using the term "Pagan" that way is a bit confusing. Since it's the label for the pre-Christian religions. (I prefer Neo-pagan for modern reconstructions of old traditional pantheons, but that's just me.)
Theoretical approaches have their place and are, I suppose, essential but a theory must be tempered with reality.
-J. Nehru

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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby Sanghamitta » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:34 pm

Paganism only makes sense in relationship to Christianity, Buddhism is not pagan. Paganism is a western construct.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Are you Pagan?

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:57 am

Moderator note: Off topic stuff sent to Avici.


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