Buddhist or not - poll

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Am I a Buddhist?

I consider myself a Buddhist.
61
78%
I do not consider myself a Buddhist.
17
22%
 
Total votes: 78

Josef
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Josef » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:05 am

I'm a person.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Tenso » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:13 am

Buddhist.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Lhasa » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:40 am

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:I'm a nudist


:rolling:

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Adamantine » Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:15 am

buddhist, no way to deny it.
Contentment is the ultimate wealth;
Detachment is the final happiness. ~Sri Saraha

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby uan » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:01 am

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:I'm a nudist


+1

there should be a like button :twothumbsup:

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Indrajala » Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:50 am

People tend to identify me as a Buddhist as well. Even if I don't speak to them about it, a lot of my friends in the past just noted, "Jeff is Buddhist."

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Sönam » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:37 am

I like Buddhists, Dalai Lama is very nice and Nobel Price. I did'nt vote ... I never vote.

Sönam
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By understanding that any and all mental activity is meditation, you are freed from arbitrary divisions between formal sessions and postmeditation activity.
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Josef » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:37 pm

Huseng wrote:People tend to identify me as a Buddhist as well. Even if I don't speak to them about it, a lot of my friends in the past just noted, "Jeff is Buddhist."


This has been my experience for many years as well.
I no longer use the label because I don't really find it useful and it doesn't describe me accurately at this point anyhow.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby DGA » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:11 pm

The label "Buddhist" is useful for others, particularly people close to me, in some situations. For instance, when I'm preparing for retreat, it's easier to deal with workplace bureaucracy if my boss (who has been very good to me) can say to curious coworkers or others who may not get it, "He's just doing the Buddhist thing for a couple weeks." Expedient.
I don't know anything about Hongaku Jodo.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Sönam » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:29 pm

I've heard that in certain countries (some states in US?) you can not declare officially that you are Buddhist if you have no asiatic physical origin ...

Sönam
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Sherab Dorje » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:31 pm

Josef wrote:I'm a person.
Welcome to the club!
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby rai » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:46 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:
Josef wrote:I'm a person.
Welcome to the club!


:rolling:
Disdaining the lower and unable to grasp the higher,
talking of emptiness, such a person will neglect cause and effect,
mouthing on about the view while in a state of self-deception.
It would be better to concentrate on the gradual path.

"Creation and Completion" Jamgon Kongtrul

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby conebeckham » Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:11 pm

Sönam wrote:I've heard that in certain countries (some states in US?) you can not declare officially that you are Buddhist if you have no asiatic physical origin ...

Sönam


I really doubt that, Sonam. Any specific examples?
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby DGA » Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:17 pm

I attended a Buddhist funeral service for a person who wasn't Asian at Arlington National Cemetery, which is about as official as you can get in the USandA.

:shrug:
I don't know anything about Hongaku Jodo.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Josef » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:24 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:
Josef wrote:I'm a person.
Welcome to the club!

We love clubs.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby kalden yungdrung » Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:53 am

Tashi delek,

Well i am fine on this Buddhist Forum and thought it would be for Buddhists.

In Bon we have a Buddha who did teached Dzogchen. Because there is spoken of a Buddha, their followers are called Buddhists, without to fall in speculations. They want to become a Buddha, the followers of Buddhas and are called therefore Buddhists.

So that did formed for me the reason to call myself a (Bon) Buddhist.

Many best wishes to the Buddhist Sangha at Dharma Wheel as well the non Buddhist Sangha at Dharma Wheel, or the people for whom Buddhism is not so important for maintaining their point of view. :namaste:

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THOUGH A MAN BE LEARNED
IF HE DOES NOT APPLY HIS KNOWLEDGE
HE RESEMBLES THE BLIND MAN
WHO WITH A LAMP IN THE HAND CANNOT SEE THE ROAD

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Monlam Tharchin » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:39 am

I don't call myself a Buddhist, but others do. I'm a "dude fumbling along trying to do his best"-ist :twothumbsup:

C'mon, where's the checkbox for the Middle Way?
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Quiet Heart » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:46 am

:smile:
I didn't vote in the poll because there is no....Well, let me think about that, first....answer to choose.
By which I mean I do consider myself a buddhist...no capital letter on buddhist you see....but I'm not a Buddhist....capital letter there.
Being a (capital letter) Buddhist in my mind means joining an organized formal Buddhist group, but being a (no capital letter) buddhist means not joining such a group.
That's what I am, a buddhist....not associated with any sangha, association, affiliation, etc.
That's why, for me, that poll has no good answer.
:smile:
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Bonsai Doug » Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:44 am

Old joke:

What's the difference between a Buddhist and a non-Buddhist?

The non-Buddhist thinks there's a difference. :namaste:
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

~ Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:09 am

Quiet Heart wrote::smile:
I didn't vote in the poll because there is no....Well, let me think about that, first....answer to choose.
By which I mean I do consider myself a buddhist...no capital letter on buddhist you see....but I'm not a Buddhist....capital letter there.
Being a (capital letter) Buddhist in my mind means joining an organized formal Buddhist group, but being a (no capital letter) buddhist means not joining such a group.
That's what I am, a buddhist....not associated with any sangha, association, affiliation, etc.
That's why, for me, that poll has no good answer.
:smile:


Your considered view is based on capitalization :shrug: - which is one way to look at it. Although I doubt there is such a word as 'buddhist' in any dictionary with a meaning differing from Buddhist.

It is interesting the hoops people jump through to maintain distance from a group or maybe it is to strengthen one's individuality - beats me.
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