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Thread: Questions from Beginners

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    Hello to all our new members !

    General questions to the group about Buddhism and Buddhist teachings which are shared by all traditions are welcomed in this forum.

    Tradition-specific questions can be asked in the other appropriate forums.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


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    So....what's 'Buddhism'?

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    For me, Buddhism has come to mean practicing the Buddha's teachings, in particular the Eightfold Path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Replying to plwk:
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    Buddhism comprises a large category of personal responses to the claim of enlightenment made by Siddhārtha Gautama in north-eastern India, c.450 B.C.E.

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    "What is Buddhism?"


    "The name Buddhism comes from the word 'budhi' which means 'to wake up' and thus Buddhism is the philosophy of awakening. This philosophy has its origins in the experience of the man Siddhata Gotama, known as the Buddha, who was himself awakened at the age of 35. Buddhism is now over 2,500 years old and has about 300 million followers world-wide. Until a hundred years ago, Buddhism was mainly an Asian philosophy but increasingly it is gaining adherents in Europe and America."



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    I agree with what Aloka # 5 has told, and I just want to add: Buddhism is much more than a human being teachings. It is a way of "understanding" how things are. Buddha was awakned and took counciousness about suffering, the origin of suffering and the way to overcme it. That is his teaching and that is why he become a Buddha.

    A way of understanding keeping it day to day becomes, unavoidably a "way of life", a way of life is about experience that can be supported by studding the guidance that lead to it. An experience gives you, neither faith, nor blind faith, but confidence, that in Soto Zen is called Kung Fu. Inner faith. Faith in your own spiritual path. Failure and success are the way a wise can learn, keeping attention to failure and forgeting your succees gives you the strength of practice called Gyo in Zen.

    This is not an statemente... but as far as I can understand now, this is the way of Buddhism and knowing the way you can know the path.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaarine Alejandra #6:
    An experience gives you, neither faith, nor blind faith, but confidence, that in Soto Zen is called Kung Fu. Inner faith. Faith in your own spiritual path. Failure and success are the way a wise can learn, keeping attention to failure and forgeting your succees gives you the strength of practice called Gyo in Zen
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    Hi Kaarine dear,

    Just a gentle reminder that this forum is for general questions and answers for newcomers and is not tradition-specific.

    Questions and answers relating to Zen can take place in the Mahayana forum

    Thanks



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    Quote Originally Posted by plwk #2:
    So....what's 'Buddhism'
    Naughty plwk isn't a beginner of course !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Replying to Aloka-D:
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    Sorry Aloka dear,

    thats right...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Replying to Aloka-D:
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    Yes for shure... I was a little inspired... so I posted all that stuff...


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