I started reading about Buddhism and I had some dilemmas when trying to get deeper inside the truth as you say
1 I felt like the moral code is not that strong in Buddhism and I'd be happy if someone here could elaborate more on that for me
2 how does a person can aspire to self improvement. If he is always in the now ? Should a sick man not heal himself since taking a medicine is craving being healthy ?
I hope someone with wide knowledge could help me find peace of mind by answering thesesubmitted by tomer_360
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Where I live there are only 2 centres available to me. One is Kadampa and the other Jodo Shinshu. I'm not Buddhist but I do meditate and I'm interested in hearing some of the teachings. I've heard bad things about Kadampa and I've also heard that Shin has been compared to Christianity??
Are either of these traditions a good way for me to learn more? It's too bad the Theravada forest monestary in my area is a 2 hour drive away otherwise I'd check it out. I may take a drive there someday. www.birken.casubmitted by 1morematt
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I'm 30 years old and working as a secretary while I try to finish university part-time. I just failed an aptitude test for my dream job because of the math, which is the course I'm taking right now. I work in a hospital, and I'm having trouble checking my ego with so many other big egos around. Some doctors are condescending because I'm just a secretary. It makes me upset. I'm embarrassed of my job, I'm also really shy and it's hard. It's a union job and I make twice minimum wage so I can't give it up. What are some mantras I can tell myself? How can I let go of these thoughts and crippling anxiety that is consuming me 24/7? Thank yousubmitted by CrippledByAnxiety
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So I have been struggling with making decisions throughout my entire life. The problem is that most decisions don't have 100% predictable outcomes and thus I fear making the 'wrong' one even though I could have decided something else!
I understand rationally that I should not worry too much about it but I still do. Even worse, I try to cope with it by becoming more and more apathetic. This is not a solution. Hence I would like to hear /r/Buddhism take on this. Thankssubmitted by patlow
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Hello there, I want to share a short story, so it would be clearer to you what is my request. Ok so, I was stuck for 2 months with general anxiety disorder. I believe it has started 6-7 months ago but it was very weak and I didn't take any responsibility and the anxiety just grew and grew. I had a period where I diagnosed my self with Schizophrenia, followed by tumors, cancers, stone in gallbladder, weak blood etc etc... So I started reading some helpful tips on tinybuddha which really do helped me. So here I am, recovering from anxiety, only by reading tinybuddha, and recently I discovered this subreddit. People from tinybuddha suggested me to visit a therapist, but I live in third world country and I couldn't give my trust to local therapist (and I am glad of it because I fought by myself and I am winning). I also read a book called At Last a Life, and I really helped me understand my disorder. I believe the "roots" of my disorder is from the summer, because it was a summer full with recreational drugs. So now I am working and I don't use anything, but I smoke some pot from time to time with my gf. So I've always been spiritual guy, and I always enjoyed those spiritual moments, and now because of my anxiety I practice mindfulnes, meditation etc.. but my only source is tinybuddha. I submitted a forum post there for book advuce and the owner (Lori) suggested me some buddhist artist. So I read The Heart Of Buddha's Teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh and thats the single book related to buddhism. So I would like someone to suggest me some book to read so I can learn basics and practice buddhism. TLDR; Imagine buddhism is a castle you want to visit. So tinybuddha and /r/buddhism has showed me the outside of the castle and some picture of the inside, so I want a book that will "grab my hand" and show me the inside of the castle room by room. Thanks :) P.S. I confess to you that back in time I used to consume LSD 2-3 times only to experience the effect of spirituality, I would really love to focus my self on ZEN and to practice and achieve as much as I cansubmitted by kokolo123
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Note that almost all religions offer a supposed refuge free from suffering. For example Jews, Christians and Muslims believe in an eternal afterlife and that this is freedom from suffering. Buddha however taught that even the heaven realms are impermanent and cannot cure the underlying disease.
"Since spiritual paths are generally presented in the framework of a total teaching, we can evaluate the effectiveness of any particular path by investigating the teaching which expounds it.
In making this investigation we can look to three criteria as standards for evaluation:
(1) First, the teaching has to give a full and accurate picture of the range of suffering. If the picture of suffering it gives is incomplete or defective, then the path it sets forth will most likely be flawed, unable to yield a satisfactory solution. Just as an ailing patient needs a doctor who can make a full and correct diagnosis of his illness, so in seeking release from suffering we need a teaching that presents a reliable account of our condition.
(2) The second criterion calls for a correct analysis of the causes giving rise to suffering. The teaching cannot stop with a survey of the outward symptoms. It has to penetrate beneath the symptoms to the level of causes, and to describe those causes accurately. If a teaching makes a faulty causal analysis, there is little likelihood that its treatment will succeed.
(3) The third criterion pertains directly to the path itself. It stipulates that the path which the teaching offers has to remove suffering at its source. This means it must provide a method to cut off suffering by eradicating its causes. If it fails to bring about this root-level solution, its value is ultimately nil. The path it prescribes might help to remove symptoms and make us feel that all is well; but one afflicted with a fatal disease cannot afford to settle for cosmetic surgery when below the surface the cause of his malady continues to thrive.
To sum up, we find three requirements for a teaching proposing to offer a true path to the end of suffering: first, it has to set forth a full and accurate picture of the range of suffering; second, it must present a correct analysis of the causes of suffering; and third, it must give us the means to eradicate the causes of suffering."
-Bhikku Bodhisubmitted by numbersev
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