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Buddhism, Religion?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Re: Buddhism, Religion?

Postby Tex » Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:11 pm

It definitely depends on how "religion" is defined.

To me, a religion involves an object of worship, whether it's god(s), nature, the sun, ancestors or whatever. So, I consider Buddhism as simply a practice or a way of life. If a way of life is considered a "religion" even if it does not involve worshipping anything, then okay, Buddhism is a religion. And so is being in the Marine Corps, or being a college student, or practicing any number of other lifestyles, and then the word religion has lost any real meaning anyway.

Just my take.
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Mettāya,
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Re: Buddhism, Religion?

Postby bodom » Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:26 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Buddhism, Religion?

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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Buddhism, Religion?

Postby Ben » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:58 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Buddhism, Religion?

Postby GrahamR » Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:51 am

Personally I don't really care if we call it a religion, or a belief or a philosophy or what ever, what matters to me is my own personal practice rather than semantics
With metta :bow:
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Re: Buddhism, Religion?

Postby pilgrim » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:35 pm

I'm waiting for this argument to settle down before I ask "Is Buddhism an atheistic religion/non-religion." :stirthepot:

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Re: Buddhism, Religion?

Postby bodom » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:44 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/


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