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    Aloka, the first link provided by you has shown the line "You step in the stream, but the water has moved on. This page is not here"
    But I am feeling quite exciting about how lucky I am who found the nice persons giving me the necessary support to cut my bads.
    But the another link may be useful to me a lot, I have copied the pages and decided to read those continuously to achieve my sobriety and to step forward on the noble path.
    Thanks a lot Aloka. Nice discussion with you.

    Shekhar

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    Hi Shekhar,

    That's odd if you mean the link #3, it goes straight to the Buddhanet website when I click on it myself.

    Here it is again URL

    Nice to chat to you too.

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    Hi Madam
    Iam from a Christian background and have been drawn to Buddhism due to its emphasis on self understanding and self empowerment in relation to the murky world of spiritual matters.
    My concern is what happens to God ....the God who answered my prayers during a lifetime?
    This is a sincere post, Iam confused I want to progress and admit feeling love inside after church is fine but I have no understanding of what I call The Eternal ...God, but I know I prayed to him and he listened.
    Now I meditate (the minfulness of Breathing ) and I know it is training my mind to focus on the objective,but I feel adrift when I want to pray to God.
    My concept of God is LOVE, and unlimited power.
    A personal God who through love has compassion and the power to redeem all and change all.
    But I know nothing of me, and Iam very very lost and getting old.
    I feel like Iam returning home sometimes as I hear Buddhist teachings, but I still feel this unease.
    How can I abandon my God?

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    Hi Blythspirit and welcome to the community !

    Buddhists don't believe in God and so you might like to read this article on the subject.

    http://www.buddhanet.net/ans73.htm

    I think perhaps you should study Buddhist teachings, ask questions to the rest of the group, - and relax and be gentle with yourself, rather than feel that you have to forcefully abandon anything you're unsure about straight away.

    You will find lots of info about loving kindness and compassion if you read everything here:

    URL


    Kind regards,

    Aloka-D

    PS....You might like to choose a different avatar to avoid confusion because a couple of people are alreay using that one.

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    Thank you for the prompt reply , I will absorb your advice ....thanks



    **NOTE**

    Red Thread - I have closed this old thread and started a new thread "A new meditation question" with your post.


    Kind wishes,

    Aloka-D


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blythspirit #13:
    How can I abandon my God?
    Please don't misunderstand this,but which God are you talking about?
    Catholic or Protestant?
    Now would be a good time to review the early history of American,l'm now writing of the slaughter of the indigenous natives. (Eg Do Soto's (mis)-adventures) l mean to bloody battles between Catholic and Protestant.

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    Blythspirit,

    Thank you for your post. It's interesting that I'm having some of the same issues but in a weird reverse kind of way. I was raised protestant, but became kind of disillusioned with that and ended up for quite a long time in the Unitarian Universalist Church - which for anyone who doesn't know is almost a free for all of spirituality encompassing everything from non trinitarian protestantism to humanism. That was sort of a little too lacking in direction for me, and then I had some really bad experiences in life and decided God was dead.
    Not long after I stumbled on Buddhism and it reflected so much how I already felt about the universe it seemed like a perfect fit.
    Then an odd thing happened. As I practiced and became more at peace with my life and whatnot - I started to miss God. Weird, huh?

    Back in my UU days one of the pastors gave a sermon which I will not recount anywhere near as eloquently as he did, but the basic idea of it stuck with me. He compared our relationship with God/The Ultimate Reality or whatever we want to see it as to a stained glass window, with "God" (for lack of a better word) being the sunlight and humanity being the window. Each person or culture would be a different piece of glass. Being made of different stuff the light passes through each piece differently making a different color ( or a different way or perceiving the light, or God) But then when you step back and see all those different pieces together they make a picture or a pattern that is even more beautiful and complete than that one shard of glass. Yet even that is nowhere near as beautiful and complete as the light itself, but being human we can't look at the light directly, so we have to make due with our interpretation of it through the glass...

    So maybe this doesn't make me strictly a buddhist, but to my thinking anyway, it's not that there is no God it's that our limited understanding of the Ultimate as some personal god, a guy in a throne in the sky, is so inadequate. Humans can no more understand "God" or the Universe than an amoeba can look up at a human and understand what we are.

    For me anyway, with Buddhism I don't have to understand. God is inconsequential to the right now. It's something that can be sorted out later - if ever and in the mean time I can focus on what I am to do in the here and now in this world to live a good life and make the world a better place - which ironically is what most people would agree any God might want from us if he did exist.

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    Hi xirei,
    I had similar experiences with Christianity, it was the start of a long journey for me. I hope we can help you a little on your path. Welcome on board.
    Namaste
    Kris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Replying to Blythspirit:
    from post #13
    What a great question! There are so many good responses as well that I don't think there is much I can add, except that the conflict is essentially in your mind, not "out there" in reality somewhere. Because of this, if you work with self-growth, spiritual development, and training the mind the conflict with be resolved.

    The way you describe feeling like you are coming home in regards to BuddhaDharma sounds like you have a strong connection and that something in you is being awoken from a previous life, what an auspicious occurrence and cause for rejoicing! I have heard one of my teachers say that you do not need to abandon your Christian beliefs in the beginning. Eventually, one will follow a single path primarily and everything will fall in around it, but that choice does not have to be made at the beginning.

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