Hi i have an assignment in my Social science/religion class and its basiclly about asking 2 questions about the buddhist religion.
My first question was "why do mahayana buddhists pray to buddha even though he spoke against praying to beings outside the self"
After a bit of research i found out not all mahayana buddhist do pray and most of the ones that do dont actually consider buddha a god or a spirit that can help them but more of a tool in meditation.
Im basiclly if you could help me come up with good thought provoking questions regarding the religion.
An example of a good question would be something like
"In the tibetan version of buddhism what would happen if they couldnt find a new dallai lama"
"why do you belive in a "higher force/ brahman " that cant impact on your lifes"
Thanks in advance hopefully.submitted by emil715
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I noticed my cat playing with something. It was a red wasp. I got the bug spray and sprayed it until it looked pretty incapacitated, put a glass over it, and took it outside. It was dead when I got to the drop off point outside. It died in the glass. No kidding; it did the Spock thing, and grabbed the glass as it died from suffocating from the poison I sprayed on it.
I feel like an asshole.
... Also, red wasps keep getting inside my apartment. Like, 4 times a year. I have no idea. WTF, if anyone has any ideas of how to prevent this, please let me know.
I really feel like such an asshole. I don't know what to do. I don't know how to get rid of the wasps without killing them. I'm really really afraid of getting stung. I have no idea where the nest is. This has been going on for three years. I guess if I were a better Buddhist I would just get stung? I have no idea.submitted by tomatolizard
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I am not a Buddhist, but I have followed the subreddit for a while and I thought that you wonderful people would be the most receptive to this question. Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris' doctoral thesis involved the intravenous administration of Psilocybin, followed by PET scans of the brain. He found that Psilocybin, in high doses, can cause a change in neurological function which results in ego (in the greek sense) death. The area of the brain thought to be responsible for the manifestation of the self was near-completely suppressed. Personally, I believe that experiencing this kind of nonduality is entirely a hallucination, but others would not say the same - which is why I have been told that psychedelics are "spiritually dangerous."
I know that some branches of Buddhism abhor mind-altering substances, or, excuse my ignorance if this is not the case, any altered state of experience. Before modern/medieval civilization we needed to hunt for our own food, stave off the elements, or avoid predators, etc, and so as a result of these conditions we have evolved to maximize survivability in that environment. I don't think any of you would disagree with that.
But I'm expecting some disagreement when I say that because of this I don't believe that our default mode of experience is the only useful one. When I take LSD, all thought, feeling, sight, sound, touch, and taste are greatly altered. I don't see how this is 'dirty,' I think it can be an incredibly useful tool for introspection and self-discovery as it allows you to view everything from radically different perspectives. I've learned more about myself in the past year than I have in my entire lifetime. I find that I'm a much more joyous, generous, empathic, laid-back, and hard working person than I was prior to my introduction to psychedelics. They have also helped me to identify and eliminate my character flaws.
It may sound trivial, but I find this incredibly interesting. I've been a long time lurker here, and I've noticed that while discussion is normally very interesting, any time someone comes along with views that differ from the subs general population, there's at the very least friction, if not open hostility, and a general attitude of condescension or superiority. Right now all of my civil discourse in this thread is being downvoted, which I ordinarily wouldn't care about, but its annoying because it reduces visibility, unnecessarily restricting discussion. I'm on my best manners here, so it only seems to be a matter of people disagreeing and hitting that downvote button out of spite. Additionally, I've gotten more holier-than-thou "don't question my knowledge"-type responses than what I'd personally consider replies with any educational value. And you definitely don't want to read the PM I just got. I'm not annoyed that you disagree. I'm not telling you what you should believe, how to express your beliefs, etc. The opposition to discussion in the form of "I'm right, because I know I'm right, because I said so, therefore you're wrong" flies in the face of actual intellectual discourse. I'm slightly annoyed because I posted here thinking that a lot of Buddhists would be open to explaining their views rather than stating them as absolute truths as /r/christianity and /r/islam did. Don't get me wrong, I still love you folks. I had to delete my christianity/islam threads altogether after being called a heretical dirty hippie a few dozen times.submitted by glasscasket
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A few nights ago I heard that a friend of mine, Nick, has been harassed by our mutual friend Gary (changed the names for anonymity). After discussing this with Nick I now feel like I have a tainted view of Gary. I haven't talked to him and I don't want to, but I feel at the same time that I am partaking in divisive speech and gossip. The main reason I do not wish to talk with him is because during my discussion with Nick I found out that Gary has been making fun of me behind my back for some time. I am very conflicted because I feel I should get Gary's side of this but don't want to become manipulated like Nick was. I could use a Buddhist opinion on this situation, and any help is greatly appreciated!submitted by hauflin
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For the longest time I've felt the rise of douchebaggery in our daily lives. Things along the lines of no serious action to prevent climate change, no accountability for the harmful deeds of corporations, the public nonchalance of our shrinking freedoms/privacy, and people basically being more fucking mean to each other and not giving a shit. It makes me feel like there is a moral cavity that's infected a small portion of society and is slowly trickling down, rotting the rest of our communities. Please excuse my lack of understanding the intricacies of the issues, but I see more and more callous, self-serving behavior on a smaller and smaller scale. I feel like an anthropomorphic frog in an increasingly hostile, greedy, selfish pot of water.
Many people say that "that's the way it is" in business or "grow thicker skin" for trolling (yes I'm talking about this harmful, disjointing behavior at all levels). While that is true, why do we have to deal with it? Why can't I hold people accountable for their asinine behavior? When did we become so aloof about things that people wouldn't get away with a couple decades ago?
The actions of others may only affect me in a small way or none at all, but just because I'm not taking a swim doesn't mean I'll let someone piss in the pool. It just makes things worse for everybody and I won't stand for it.
Basically, I think there is an emotional void - a demand for polite people that truly care about the well-being of others, that is not being fulfilled and is poisoning the other facets of our lives. The worst part is, I can't get away from it. It's inevitable because, as much as I don't like it, we need to work and live in societies that just don't seem to care about the individual anymore.
However, similar to paradigms shifts in business eliminating those that fail to adapt (Kodac and the digital camera), I think that the more choices people have between selfish assholes and... not those guys... will force the toxic minority of our societies to change their tone. Look at phone contracts, the demand for Google Fiber, and the like. Given a choice, wouldn't you want to cut away such negative things?
I haven't fully lost hope, but I am agitated at the current state of things. Far be it from me to try and change people and what they think, but I'd rather call people out on their bullshit than let it slide.
How do I reconcile my feelings without having aneurysm?submitted by Danzors
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I've been learning about and practicing Buddhism intermittently on my own time for years. However, I've always wanted to find a group of people to practice with. After looking on Buddhanet and NWDharma for sanghas in my area, I found one that is in a location near me that I would like to visit. However, two things raise a red flag for me:
1) The website has a page called "meditation hall guidelines" for newcomers. I really want to show respect for their tradition (zen) but it's very ritualistic and I'm wondering if all the ritual would be a good fit for me and my personal progress. My approach to Buddhism has been largely personal and insight/scripture-based. Note: I'm not saying ritual is bad. If that's your thing, great! I just deemphasize it in my personal practice. So if anyone has had an experience with ritual-based sanghas, please share that experience with me.
2) The website also has a page on "becoming a member" that seems off. It says that to become a member, you donate a suggested amount of $30 a month, and after six months you are considered a "voting member". So you hold some weight in the sangha. I don't care to become a voting member, but I'm nervous that if I don't contribute the suggested amount, they won't think well of me. All I want to do is discuss dharma and be a part of a community, and I'd be more than happy to donate a few bucks a week for that. Everyone has bills to pay, and I realize that! $30 a month just isn't in the budget for me right now. What are people's thoughts on this?
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I hope it didn't go against any rules to post links to the website.submitted by ahimsananda
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So I was at the gym the other day, doing so squats and I put on some music to motivate me, and because I enjoy it. I put on a Wu-Tang mix my friend made me years ago. Its really good, but I was kind of conflicted because some songs have a violent theme in them. Got me thinking about movies and Tv shows with violence. DAE feel this conflict? I personally am not violent, but I'm thinking about and seeing these images. Thoughts?submitted by barefootnbeer
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Someone posted a link to this page recently, and this quote struck me as so useful:
Instead of asking "Do I exist? Don't I exist? What am I?" one asks about an experience, "Is this stress? The origination of stress? The cessation of stress? The path leading to the cessation of stress?" Because each of these categories entails a duty, the answer to these questions determines a course of action: stress should be comprehended, its origination abandoned, its cessation realized, and the path to its cessation developed.
Now, instead of simply bringing attention to my breath, when I find my mind wandering I use this routine and then go back to my breath. Is stress distracting me? If so, find what I am clinging to. Is clinging distracting me? If so, let the attachment begin to fade. Are positive mental states and wholesome thoughts distracting me? If so, allow them to develop. Then go back to the breath.
Is this what's considered a noting practice? It's only been a couple days and it's already greatly increased the serenity of my meditation, and the applicability of my meditations to the rest of my life.
edit: I also appreciate Gil Fronsdal's technique of adding "just" before the answers to the questions. "Is this stress? Yes, just stress. Is this clinging? Yes, just clinging."submitted by Pandaemonium
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My mother in law is an amazing person who just gives and gives to everyone and everything around her. She has become quite new age, started out with educating herself to become a massage therapist, and then gone on to different healing aspects. Now she has bought crystals that she has been told has been made by tibetian munks. She has so much to give and is an excellent therapist but gets lost in the mumbo jumbo.
My question is, does Buddhism even touch anything about healing crystals? And does tibetian munks make crystals that are sold. She bought one for about 150 dollars.
Help me prove her wrong on this aspect
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Hello, I'm new to Buddhism and looking to see if there is a weekly video podcast that is based around a sermon/lecture and meditation. When I've practiced in the past, it has been in the Mahayana discipline, but anything centered around the basics in the Buddha's teachings will work.
I'm looking for this to not only help increase my understanding and practice, but to give myself a weekly reason to make time to practice. Much like Christians and others have set times they go to church or watch a pastor on TV/online, I am looking for a similar option with Buddhism.
I have looked into local centers, etc but they either do not fit my time constraints due to work/etc or I have had difficulty contacting them. Thus, I'm thinking something that I can watch on my own time - be it early one morning or late one night - that still allows me to practice and learn the Buddhist teachings.
Thank yousubmitted by scholar_AA
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