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My thoughts on my Buddhism blog....

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I am not sure where I am going with this either.

Reading that made me think about my own beliefs. And I guess I was curious about the comments from others. I did not mean to offend anyone.

I don't think these beliefs don't conflict with Christianity. Jesus is not mentioned in what I posted. But myself, I believe He died to save us. We still have to do the work here on Earth.

That first statement about suffering...a friend told me that years ago. It was a shock when I first heard it. I grew up thinking I was always going to be happy. I thought suffering was unusual. I have since seen that everyone has a dose of suffering in their lives.

Sorry, if I made anyone uncomfortable.

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    I did not read anyone else's comments. But I define myself as a Christian and I believe in the Trinity. However, early in my Christian ed, I heard the story of the 5 Blind men and the Elephant. The first held the tail and said: "I know the elephant is like a rope." The second touched the ear and said: "No, the elephant is like a fan." etc. I believe Faith and philosophy is like that. We each are holding a piece. As we learn and grow we discover new pieces. There are big Truth's in all religions. They are all worth studying. Even the Celtic traditions teach love and honoring our earth. I strive to find the thruths that teach us about love, kindness, charity and faith. Thank you for sharing about the Bhuddists. At the moment I am using Chakkra meditations and music for helping me cope with the sciatica pain. I find myself praying to God during the meditations. I really don't believe he cares if he is called a she or a Rose or a Tulip. He just wants us to be the best we can be with an open and loving heart no matter the path we choose to listen to him. Thanks for giving me a forum to share my rather open beliefs. As John Lennon said: "All you need is love...."
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    Comment edited on: 4/18/2013 11:57:46 AM
    I have read a lot about different religions and find it helps strengthen my faith and I am not threatened by knowledge about other faiths - often it is the LACK of knowledge that makes those other religions attractive to those whose own faith is weak. If you know the facts, you are less likely to be swayed.
    1799 days ago
    The aging process alone brings its own dose of suffering LOL If you enjoy reading that is unusual, but help cement your faith, yet see that the problems of the world have remained much the same, in a non biblical context, you might try reading the works of Pliny-A Roman judge, shortly after Christ lived on earth (one excerpt is "What shall we do about these Christians"? a radical once thought cannibalistic threat to society). In the modern context, it is hilarious!
    1799 days ago
    I have to say that I agree with something said by "LAILATN". "People should be secure enough in their own faith to read things about other faiths." And you can make your choice if you agree or disagree. I find some of things interesting I read and I question a few things in my own religion. But we all have the choice and the right to read and/or write what we do feel. God Bless Us And America!!
    1799 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am a Christian. I have read about various religions but find Christianity is the one I believe. No one should be offended by your blogs. It is your right to write them - others have a choice not to read them.
    1799 days ago
    There is nothing wrong with the path you choose to get to God, I believe that all religions are inherently trying to reach the same goal. So long as you are comfortable with it! emoticon ...If someone is practicing another religion, it does not mean he or she is practicing something "demonic". If people are offended by your writing, they may choose not to read your blogs, etc. There is nothing wrong with these peoples' beliefs either, but we must all remember that none of us have any right to tell another how to live his or her life. God will find you and show you your way.
    1799 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    I believe that You can Worship God in your own way. I have gone to many different kinds of churches and I like learning all I can about the many Religions. It is like getting an Education ablout Religion. Each of us has to make decisions for ourselves when it cames to Religous Beliefs and choices. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • MRSP90X
    Sorry, I used to be in the occult before I eventually became atheist. And as a believer now in Christ, there are things you should not let your mind go to. Jn 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Mt 12:30 He that is not with me is against me. Sorry, but if it is not of Jesus, it is demonic, no matter how good it seems. That's what Satan wants you to think to get you away from Jesus. 2 Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; So, No I don't think the Lord would like this. I am speaking the truth in love. I understand the curiosity, but it is a battle for you mind!
    1799 days ago
    We all sit around a circle and travel to the Center by our own path or choosing. One does not pull a ladder out from another before they are done climbing. I believe we should each know what we stand for and allow others to do the same. While Wiki only paints a part of a picture ... I would suggest that if one wants to understand Buddhism to read other books by Lama Surya Das, Pema Chodron, Joan Halifax, etc. I am not a Buddhist, but I resonate with a lot of the teachings.

    I agree that we should share knowledge and learn about the other.
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    I think we all need to love one another . I find no fault in your statements . they speak truth . and nothing but good can come from the truth . you are beautiful in every way . shine on . we all want to be happy .
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    Knowledge is power. How can you refute something you know nothing about?
    1799 days ago
    I think it was good of you to share. The more we understand the religions of the world, the better, whether we subscribe to them or not. I recently went to my first bar mitzvah and was taken by how much the readings focused on peace - such a strong message.
    Religion is so integral to the essence of people and has caused people to do wonderful and horrible things throughout history in the name of their religious world view.
    I think it is a very good thing to explore other ideas and then reflect on our own beliefs.

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    I think it's kind of liberating hearing that life is suffering. It makes you feel not so alone or crazy when bad things happen to you or you are in a down spot in life. It's kind of like when your mom or dad told you "Life's not fair." I think in America we are conditioned (by our own luck and by the media) to believe that life has to be happy and great all the time, and if it's not, and if you're not happy, then you need to medicate yourself. My Dad is from another culture (Iran) and he always told me "life isn't fair." Sometimes we don't get what we want. We all experience suffering. It's just part of life. It's not ALL of life, I don't think, but it's definitely part of it. Anyway, I thank you for posting what you did. People should be secure enough in their own faith to read things about other faiths - it doesn't mean you have to agree. There are truths and valid points in all faiths, in my opinion.
    1799 days ago
    Each of us have the choice to pick there faith I am not a fended by anyone's faith or even if they do not believe at all I only worry about my faith
    1799 days ago
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