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 Post subject: Becoming an Buddhist
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:57 pm 
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I'm 15 years old,and in today's world i'm convinced that we need material goods to be happy,i never agreed with this but sometimes the commercials still get to me,but still rarely :soapbox: . So i want to control this urge of having new things and learn to live by an minimalist standard,sometimes i also fell jealousy,that i want to avoid by all means.

I hope that i will learn a lot of things in this community.


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 Post subject: Re: Becoming an Buddhist
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 Post subject: Re: Becoming an Buddhist
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I admire your decision, being so young, I wonder if you face a more difficult task.

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 Post subject: Re: Becoming an Buddhist
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Gautama wrote:
I'm 15 years old,and in today's world i'm convinced that we need material goods to be happy,i never agreed with this but sometimes the commercials still get to me,but still rarely :soapbox: . So i want to control this urge of having new things and learn to live by an minimalist standard,sometimes i also fell jealousy,that i want to avoid by all means.

I hope that i will learn a lot of things in this community.
Welcome.

Just focus on the essentials. Only cling to the material goods and relationships that you can bring with you to your next life. Don't cling to the ones you can't bring with you.

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 Post subject: Re: Becoming an Buddhist
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:31 am 
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Gautama wrote:
I'm 15 years old,and in today's world i'm convinced that we need material goods to be happy,i never agreed with this but sometimes the commercials still get to me,but still rarely :soapbox: . So i want to control this urge of having new things and learn to live by an minimalist standard,sometimes i also fell jealousy,that i want to avoid by all means.


Why minimalism? Minimalism can be tough. Buddha never said that people had to actually be minimalists. He did teach to not be attached to material possessions but that is another matter. Minimalism can be a rigid viewpoint so it can be as much of a trap as mindless consumption. Just don't get jealous over possessions and experiences. But using possessions to help people is a good thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Becoming an Buddhist
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Less is more, kirtu? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Becoming an Buddhist
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kirtu wrote:
Gautama wrote:
I'm 15 years old,and in today's world i'm convinced that we need material goods to be happy,i never agreed with this but sometimes the commercials still get to me,but still rarely :soapbox: . So i want to control this urge of having new things and learn to live by an minimalist standard,sometimes i also fell jealousy,that i want to avoid by all means.


Why minimalism? Minimalism can be tough. Buddha never said that people had to actually be minimalists. He did teach to not be attached to material possessions but that is another matter. Minimalism can be a rigid viewpoint so it can be as much of a trap as mindless consumption. Just don't get jealous over possessions and experiences. But using possessions to help people is a good thing.

Kirt

well this was mostly mine decision,i want to become a minimalist,because do i really need 4 mobile phones 2 computer,fancy clothes NO!
i want to learn to completly live without this things. I never dressed like an parrot thu.


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 Post subject: Re: Becoming an Buddhist
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Welcome from New York, US.

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 Post subject: Re: Becoming an Buddhist
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Welcome. Yes if material is key to be happy, then all rich people would be happy :)


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