My Understanding of Buddhism

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    The FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS are

    1) Life is suffering
    2) The cause of suffering is desire for what you want
    3) There is a way to stop this suffering
    4) The way is the eightfold path

    1) Right understanding
    2) Right thinking
    3) Right Speech
    4) Right attitude
    5) Right livelihood
    6) Right effort
    7) Right mindfulness
    8) Right concentration

    Affirming Faith in Mind is very close to my understanding of Buddhism. It is by letting things be as they are that frees us from suffering. By letting things be as they are we are freed from ego suffering. Right thought and action corrects the world also. You and the world are not separate. Just say it is not two different things. You, and I and the world are not separate. Quantum mechanics is a science that tells the same tell. May we find the root of suffering? Our change in heart will bring about peace. Alice Miller wrote a book called FOR YOUR OWN GOOD, HIDDEN CRUELTY IN CHILD REARING AND THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE. She also agrees with truth.
     
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    You're point?

    It's difficult to have a discussion unless you are clear on what you are trying to say. Merely quoting Buddhist philosophy is all well and good, but any of us could look that up any day of the week. On a discussion board we need something to discuss. Are you looking for people to ask you questions? Are you trying to argue a point? Please articulate your points so we can discuss them.
     
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    It's not so much that things themselves are the cause of suffering, it's our attachment to those things or people which we mistakenly affix PERMANENTLY, so that when it's gone, you feel pain over it's loss.

    Had an experience with that while transferring from Norfolk VA to Amarillo TX.

    For the people I'd worked with on the ship? Took me about 1/2 hour to tell everyone bye, thanks for everything and move on.

    Why? They weren't part of my social fabric, and so when it was time for me to go work at a different place, it didn't hurt or faze me.

    The people who were part of my off-duty life? Took me 3 days to say goodbye to everyone (I have a lot of friends in Norfolk), and when I left the next day? I felt like someone had torn off an arm, and I missed my friends.

    I wasn't attached to the shipmates I worked with, as most dealings with others on the ship was strictly professional, so therefore it didn't hurt.

    I was VERY attached to Darlene and my circle of friends, so, because of my attachment to them, I caused myself to feel pain and suffering when I left.

    By the way.............if Buddhist philosophy seems kinda hard to wrap your skull around, a good thing to investigate would be The Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu, and get the one that is translated by a dude named Red Pine. He gives the original texts, along with the translation, and has commentary on the various verses by several other great philosophers.

    And, interestingly enough, there are many places where Taoist philosophy dovetails very nicely with Judaic theology.
     
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    The topic of Buddhism is near and dear to my heart. What is it the OP wants to discuss?
     
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    So you're a member of the GOP?
     
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    or a Buddhist fundamentalist.:lol:
     
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    Wait a minute..........there is no fucking way that a right winger could ever be a Buddhist.

    Why? The greedy fucks are too attached to PMS (power, money, sex), to understand that their actions have consequences on more than just them.

    Buddhists practice NON attachment.
     
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    You can definitely have Buddhists who are anti-abortion. That's a right wing position.
     
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    Yes, it's a right wing position, but, in order to be a true right winger, you've got to have a strong attachment to money (keep your taxes off my check), as well as a strong attachment to your things, with little or no desire to share.

    Can you imagine John Ensign as a Buddhist?

    By the way Sky, Tiger Woods is golfing again and claims that he's a Buddhist and in his canned apology stated that he'd left his beliefs in pursuit of other things.

    I then heard his press conference this week, and he still has not very much humility.

    Do you think Tiger can get back on the path or not?
     
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    Can Tiger Woods get back on the Buddhist path again? I'm sure he can but I don't know if he will.

    I know so little about Tiger Woods Buddhism. He wears some kind of bracelet and his mother is Buddhist. I understand the bracelet he is wearing is some kind of protection cord. It's supposed to remind him that any protection he has comes from keeping his vows wholeheartedly.
     
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