Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Anything goes (almost).

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:01 am

Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:33. If you're enlightened ... you ... talk really ... slow ... about ... things ... you want to ... discuss ... in this ... kinda ... faux peaceful ... calm ... voice ...


:D
Ngawang Drolma
Founding Member
 
Posts: 2324
Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:44 pm

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Luke » Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:32 pm

pink_trike wrote:I hear this one all the time:

"Buddhism is a religion".


Ha! An interesting post! My knee-jerk reaction is to get defensive and say, "RAAAAH! Of course it's a religion!" but like a koan, this post points to many interesting things, I think.

I suppose the answer mainly depends on what your definition of "religion" is. If you look at things from an external perspective like an anthropologist, you can ask if Buddhism possesses some of the general features of what most people consider to be a "religion": Does Buddhism have its own holy scriptures? Yep. Does Buddhism worship some type of god or gods? Er...only sort of. Does Buddhism have prophets and other holy men? Yep. Does Buddhism have its own places of worship and holy sites? Yep. Does Buddhism have its own rituals, prayers, and chants? Yep, yep, yep. Does Buddhism have its own marriage ceremonies? Interestingly enough, not really. Does Buddhism have its own priests or monks? Hell yeah!

So, Buddhism seems to fullfill most of the social functions of a typical religion, but the subtle details of Buddhism's beliefs make it very different from other religions of the world.

I once read some lamas and perhaps even Zen priests say that there is no need to call Buddhism "Buddhism" or a "religion" or any label whatsoever. Function matters over form, I think. All labels are empty of any intrinsic existence and only have the meaning we assign to them. The wisdom of Buddhism transcends all labels.

Wisdom is wisdom, and it just so happens that the deepest wisdom which allows us liberation from samsara and the ability to liberate others is this thing we call "Buddhism."
User avatar
Luke
 
Posts: 1679
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:04 pm

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:10 pm

pink_trike wrote:I hear this one all the time:

"Buddhism is a religion".


Oh PT, you know I think Buddhism is a religion! However, this is worthy of its own thread.
I'll start this subject in the Personal Experience forum :)

Best,
Laura
Ngawang Drolma
Founding Member
 
Posts: 2324
Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:44 pm

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:26 am

David N. Snyder wrote:11. "All Buddhists are hippies."
Hardly, many Theravadins are quite conservative, as are some Zennies and Vajrayana Buddhists. Some follow what might be called rigid precepts and do not even drink alcohol.


:thinking: On second thought, here's KeithBC's picture:

Image

:)
User avatar
David N. Snyder
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2051
Joined: Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:23 pm
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:26 am

I love that pic! :twothumbsup:
Ngawang Drolma
Founding Member
 
Posts: 2324
Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:44 pm

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:45 am

LauraJ wrote:I love that pic! :twothumbsup:


Me too! It's so peaceful and colorful. If the opposite of hippy is pro-war, well then I guess I am a hippy too! :tongue:
User avatar
David N. Snyder
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2051
Joined: Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:23 pm
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:58 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:
LauraJ wrote:I love that pic! :twothumbsup:


Me too! It's so peaceful and colorful. If the opposite of hippy is pro-war, well then I guess I am a hippy too! :tongue:


Yes, and I like the happy smile on Keith's face :)
Ngawang Drolma
Founding Member
 
Posts: 2324
Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:44 pm

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Luke » Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:21 pm

LauraJ wrote:I love that pic! :twothumbsup:

[/quote]
For some reason, I'd like to see Keith holding some bunnies.... Maybe bright colors subliminally suggest "Easter" to me. Okay, now back to the matter at hand...

40. "Emptiness in Buddhism refers to something depressing and spacially empty like the vacuum of outer space."

On the contrary, emptiness in Buddhism only means the absence of independent existence. It doesn't mean the absence of everything. Emptiness in Buddhism brings us closer together because it reminds us of our interdependence.
User avatar
Luke
 
Posts: 1679
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:04 pm

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby BFS » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:42 pm

40. :smile:


nothing.jpg
nothing.jpg (15.2 KiB) Viewed 816 times


:rolling:
User avatar
BFS
 
Posts: 317
Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:17 pm

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?)
Image Made from 100% recycled karma

The Heart Drive Word Press
Mud to Lotus

"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget." –Arundhati Roy
User avatar
Ogyen
 
Posts: 446
Joined: Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:36 pm

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Laurazen » Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:00 pm

:good:
Laurazen
 

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.
    南無阿弥陀佛
    南無妙法蓮華經
    南無観世音菩薩
User avatar
Tatsuo
 
Posts: 176
Joined: Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:50 pm

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby Huifeng » Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:52 pm

Luke wrote:For some reason, I'd like to see Keith holding some bunnies.... Maybe bright colors ...


And the color of those bunnies should match perfectly with that groovy psychedelic tie-dyed shirt he's wearing. Yes, rainbow bunnies, psychedelic rainbow colored bunnies.

:group:
User avatar
Huifeng
 
Posts: 1471
Joined: Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:51 am

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.
User avatar
Luke
 
Posts: 1679
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:04 pm

Re: Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism

Postby ball-of-string » Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:13 am

Luke wrote: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.


Oy vey, do I have stories about that!
ball-of-string
 
Posts: 102
Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:05 am

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.
spiritnoname
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Tue May 19, 2009 9:25 am

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/
User avatar
Luke
 
Posts: 1679
Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:04 pm

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:
May any merit generated by on-line discussion
Be dedicated to the Ultimate Benefit of All Sentient Beings.
User avatar
conebeckham
 
Posts: 2754
Joined: Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:49 pm
Location: Bay Area, CA, USA

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" ;)
    南無阿弥陀佛
    南無妙法蓮華經
    南無観世音菩薩
User avatar
Tatsuo
 
Posts: 176
Joined: Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:50 pm

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.


Kind regards
User avatar
ground
 
Posts: 1782
Joined: Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:31 am

PreviousNext

Return to Lounge

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests

>