Buddhist or not - poll

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Am I a Buddhist?

I consider myself a Buddhist.
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78%
I do not consider myself a Buddhist.
17
22%
 
Total votes: 78

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Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:12 pm

Voters may change their vote.
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Lotus_Bitch » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:47 pm

Whooo! First vote for no!!!!
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Wesley1982 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:17 pm

I voted "not" because I'm still new to the world of Buddhism but am Buddhist friendly & receptive.
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby jundo cohen » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:18 pm

Buddhist.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby DGA » Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:08 pm

I identify as a Buddhist.
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https://www.academia.edu/25482900/WHAT_ ... _OF_STRESS

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:40 pm

Buddhist! Like yah didn't know!
:namaste:
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby dharmagoat » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:10 pm

Buddhist here too. The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:44 pm

I'm a nudist
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby dharmagoat » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:46 pm

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:I'm a nudist

Darn, I didn't see that option. I would have ticked it too.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:07 pm

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:I'm a nudist
Looking at the avatar I wouldn't have guessed it. :tongue:
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:12 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:Looking at the avatar I wouldn't have guessed it. :tongue:

Are you familiar with that flag ? (16 spokes not 8) :smile:
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby treehuggingoctopus » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:15 pm

Buddhist. That's what I'd say if you pressed me to confess, in any case. It's not an exclusivist identification, though.

When asked (and when it's OK to give the facts openly), I usually say I practice Buddhism. Unless I'm talking to someone who might know what Dzogchen is, in which case I say I practice Dzogchen.
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:17 pm

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:
gregkavarnos wrote:Looking at the avatar I wouldn't have guessed it. :tongue:

Are you familiar with that flag ? (16 spokes not 8) :smile:
Actually, I meant to ask you...
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:28 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:Actually, I meant to ask you...
:namaste:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_Romani_people :heart:
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Wayfarer » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:12 pm

If asked, I say I am a student of Buddhism and practicing meditation in accordance with Buddhist teachings.

//edit// although I still retain some aspects of my Christian background, and also have an affinity with Platonist philosophy.
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Leo Rivers » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:04 am

I am a Buddhist. Although I may fail a "What makes you not a Buddhist" test.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:16 am

Buddhist, definitely not a nudist; I like my clothes on and I like to see it on others too.

Mostly Theravada, but like many features of Mahayana too.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:26 am

David N. Snyder wrote:definitely not a nudist;
:tongue: Your Natural State is Nude, dude :smile:
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:34 am

Kunga Lhadzom wrote: :tongue: Your Natural State is Nude, dude :smile:


Natural is not always good. :tongue:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalistic_fallacy

Just messin' with ya' don't take this seriously, just continuing the joke.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:49 am

Isn't Buddha Nature Natural ?
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