How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby Indrajala » Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:00 pm

tad etat sarvajñānaṃ karuṇāmūlaṃ bodhicittahetukam upāyaparyavasānam iti |

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby Ikkyu » Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:50 am

"Nothing can be known, not even this."
-- Arcesilaus (but I'm not sure)

(cutting through bullshit, and sometimes failing... that's ok, though)


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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby Indrajala » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:58 am

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby Dave The Seeker » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:38 pm

Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~

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Postby Indrajala » Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:55 pm

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby dharmagoat » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:43 pm

We need religion to stop us killing ourselves? Darn.

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby Nemo » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:49 pm

Why can't ones experiences from thousands of hours of meditation be considered empirical evidence? The Buddha gave all the necessary tools to find out for yourself. Faith is for the foolish.

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Ignorance is the only thing that stands in the way.

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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby Ikkyu » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:52 am

"Nothing can be known, not even this."
-- Arcesilaus (but I'm not sure)

(cutting through bullshit, and sometimes failing... that's ok, though)


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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby Tanmart22 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:29 am

The point is that you go inward in search of truth and balance, and upon discovering tastes and trails of it, you eventually find a path, which brings you higher and closer to what you seek. So historical and scientific inquiries, while in my opinion they do support the story of the Siddhartha as well as transmigration and intelligence, take a backseat when you find an internal, spiritual path that makes sense to you and can actively resolve conflict in your life. This is why people of any group are sure that that group is great, because in a practical day to day sense, it has an impact on their life, and that is exactly what they're looking for. It's like finding 100 dollars- you don't have to convince yourself that it's great, it's just great, and since we all use money, we get that instantly, but spiritually and mentally there is more diversity, hence religious divides, political opposition, but at the end of the day academic research can only bring you do the door, once you open the door and find what you seek, you are sure of yourself, just as when you cook a meal and it tastes delicious.
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Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Postby Ikkyu » Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:37 am

"Nothing can be known, not even this."
-- Arcesilaus (but I'm not sure)

(cutting through bullshit, and sometimes failing... that's ok, though)


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