What is Buddhism?

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What is Buddhism?

Postby muni » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:35 am

I think when I look at it and try to simplify it I would say that in my view Buddhism is about self-development; how to develop loving-kindness, how to develop compassion; how to develop tolerance. It Is about how to develop ourselves in this direction so that we are not just thinking of ourselves but thinking of how we can help all other people. It is about self-development but not in the sense of development of ego or self-importance, but about developing loving-kindness and compassion so by achieving that we can also help others. I think this is a simple description of what Buddhism Is.
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Re: What is Buddhism?

Postby Yogicfire » Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:26 am

Quite a nice start. I suppose I would shy away from using the phrase "self-development," even though he makes it clear that he is not talking about the ego or any form of self.

I guess Buddhism at its root is all about development, though. Developing compassion, developing wisdom and clarity.

It requires quite a lot of patience.
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Re: What is Buddhism?

Postby mudra » Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:18 am

Yogicfire wrote:Quite a nice start. I suppose I would shy away from using the phrase "self-development," even though he makes it clear that he is not talking about the ego or any form of self.

I guess Buddhism at its root is all about development, though. Developing compassion, developing wisdom and clarity.

It requires quite a lot of patience.


Developing qualities on the one hand and purifying negative aspects on the other, particularly view.
Method and Wisdom.

Self-development is a term we are going to have a hard time getting away from these days, like 'higher-self' etc.
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Re: What is Buddhism?

Postby muni » Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:01 pm

Yes, obscurations or innate qualities. The word self is on itself not harming, not benefiting but can give rise of misunderstanding (like idea Hinduism) on ones path.
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Re: What is Buddhism?

Postby Indrajala » Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:47 pm

I think "Buddhism" was invented in the 19th century.



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Re: What is Buddhism?

Postby kirtu » Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:47 pm

Buddhism is Shakyamuni Buddha's teachings on how to eliminate suffering.

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Re: What is Buddhism?

Postby mudra » Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:44 am

kirtu wrote:Buddhism is Shakyamuni Buddha's teachings on how to eliminate suffering.

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