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.
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Total votes : 78

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 Nighthawk » 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


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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.

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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 Jikan » 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.
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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 ...

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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!
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
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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!


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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.

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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 Jikan » 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.

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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 duckfiasco » 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?
The Perfect Way knows no difficulties
Except that it refuses to make preferences;
Only when freed from hate and love,
It reveals itself fully and without disguise.
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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.
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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:
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I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Will » 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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