Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

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Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

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40. :smile:


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Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Ogyen » Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:15 pm

What a fun thread!

How about this one (I've heard this one quite a bit):

41. Buddhists look forward to suffering, they welcome it and look for it. (like we're a bunch of masochists :rolling: )
42. Real Buddhists never swear or get angry (this ties into the talking really... slow... in... a ... peaceful... voice)
43. All Buddhists endure gruesome meditation sessions because it trains the mind (what are we, the Jedi?)
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Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

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Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Tatsuo » Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:26 pm

44. Zen is the only japanese buddhist school and if not only, then at least the largest.
45. Buddhists don't pray.

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Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Luke » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:16 am

46. Buddhism is a very vague philosophy, like ancient Taoism, which can be anything you want it to be.

I was posting on some non-religious forum and I briefly mentioned the Four Noble Truths. One of the members there was very suspicious of this and wrote, "Well, that doesn't sound like what I've read about Buddhism..."

I guess this is in some ways part of the misconception that Buddhism is some kind of hippie philosophy in which there's no clear tradition about how to interpret it.

"Hey man... I see it this way."
"That's cool, man... I see it this way."
"Whoa, no problem... Far out!"

There are certainly different Buddhist schools with very different doctrines, but (as far as I can tell) they all agree on some core doctrines, such as the Four Noble Truths.

Some people are kind of shocked when they encounter a Buddhist who has very fixed and definite opinions about things and who doesn't have that "hey man, whatever" sort of attitude.

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Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby spiritnoname » Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:08 am

47. Tricycle is a source of valid Buddhist information and not a collection of ads and articles largely written by and for uneducated yuppies.

I'm sorry, I just had to say that, I looked at a copy at barnes and noble and it just wasn't satisfactory, it's like they don't have a editor who checks the articles for validity, and the ads,.. 1/3 money grubbing lamas doing bogus retreats, 1/3 crystals and singing bowls, 1/3 NKT.

Man I'm always pointing out the negatives, but there you go, it's just what usually stands out to me.

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Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Luke » Sun Dec 05, 2010 4:24 pm

*psst!* Check out the online magazine Shenpen Osel. It rocks!
http://www.shenpen-osel.org/

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Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby conebeckham » Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:20 pm

48. Saying you're a Buddhist doesn't make you one, even if you think you are! :smile:


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Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Tatsuo » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:17 pm

49. Saying you're not a Buddhist, because you "don't like labels" and "take emptiness seriously" doesn't make you a better "Buddhist" ;)

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Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby ground » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:29 pm

50. The misconception that buddhism is a proprietary of schools, sects or traditions.


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