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

Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby dharmagoat » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:30 am

Will wrote: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.

It's simple. A buddhist is truly buddhist when they declare themself a non-buddhist.
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby jikai » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:01 am

Buddhist...
"There are no seperate dharma's in the Three Realms. There is only the operation of the one mind."
"Whoever wishes to benefit beings ought to establish teachings that fit their capacities, expound the dharma in accordance with their capacities, and match the doctrines to them"
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby ram peswani » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:17 am

I reject Buddhism as a religion as it is normal practice around, So I am what I am by birth a Hindu.

For me Buddhism is a pure science and above religion and it is the basic nature of everyone of us to enquire who? why?
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby tomamundsen » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:55 am

I'm buddhist as a mofo. :guns:
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Simon E. » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:59 am

tomamundsen wrote:I'm buddhist as a mofo. :guns:

What does that actually mean ?
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Lotus_Bitch » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:42 pm

dharmagoat wrote:
Will wrote: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.

It's simple. A buddhist is truly buddhist when they declare themself a non-buddhist.

:lol:

IMO, when it comes down to it: If an individual accepts the basic tenets of the four noble truth's, noble eightfold path, the three dharma seals (or four depending on if you want to go by the four seals model,) dependent origination and the middle way (also rebirth and the twelvefold chain of dependent origination, mofo's!!)....Then they are practitioners of the Buddha-Dharma regardless if they identify with a superficial label of 'Buddhist' or not. The commonality between us as practitioners (I think) is just that.

We are children of the unsurpassed Dharma of the Conquerors; following in the footsteps of those who's aim was annihilation of suffering. The path as traveled by the Victorious Ones of the three times, I pay homage!!
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby pueraeternus » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:29 pm

I don't get this posturing. Seems like so much attachment to non-labels and aversion to labels.
If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments. When you believe something is right or wrong, true of false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of holes, but remain most precious to the convinced.

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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Sherab Dorje » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:05 pm

pueraeternus wrote:I don't get this posturing. Seems like so much attachment to non-labels and aversion to labels.
Some like to sit, some like to stand and others like to lean...
"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."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby tomamundsen » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:58 pm

Simon E. wrote:
tomamundsen wrote:I'm buddhist as a mofo. :guns:

What does that actually mean ?

Apologies to those outside of the US. Mofo is an American vulgarism, short for motherf***er, that is sometimes used in a positive sense, similar to badass.
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby ground » Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:24 am

Not, because impossible to consider my self :meditate:
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Sherab Dorje » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:32 am

ground wrote:Not, because impossible to consider my self :meditate:
Bullshit artist! :tongue:
"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."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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Re: Buddhist or not - poll

Postby Caz » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:51 pm

Certainly a Buddhist :namaste:
Abandoning Dharma is, in the final analysis, disparaging the Hinayana because of the Mahayana; favoring the Hinayana on account of the Mahayana; playing off sutra against tantra; playing off the four classes of the tantras against each other; favoring one of the Tibetan schools—the Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, or Nyingma—and disparaging the rest; and so on. In other words, we abandon Dharma any time we favor our own tenets and disparage the rest.

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