Retreats cost a lot of money.. How does this relate to the ideals of stillness, simplicity, and contentment? How much money is a fair amount to pay?
I thought I'd open up a discussion about price of Buddhism in the west.. From my own experience of Buddhism in America and from my exploration of typical price ranges in the uk, it costs a lot of damn money! Folks who reside in the lower economic brackets of society I rarely see at Buddhist centers. Buddhism is often talked as best experienced on retreat. So, without descending into a massive pout about its so unfair blah blah, anyone care to share some intelligent opinions on the matter??submitted by PotentGrass
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I've been following Buddhism for the last two years. It's amazing thinking back in hindsight how it can influence some positive changes in your life. For me it was me becoming more comfortable with my self.
Because of this religious path I am on I have decided to end my interests in my I.T education and to pursue an education more akin to Alan watts - religious studies type degree. I have also been off alcohol for the last few months. The biggest issue that I have half resolved because of the Buddhist path has to be my asexuality. Facing a solitude life without no offspring or someone close to me is never an easy thing to grasp especially when I am 25 years of age.
The I.T course I am in is full of students choosing different paths. The majority of them drink, have a relationship and want to continue their I.T education.
Because of these contrast of interests and my inability to relate or get close to anyone, I'm becoming more isolated.
I have started to go to sanghas and make friends there, it is a minor help but it doesn't help everyday isolation.submitted by little-lion
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I don't mean of individual gods, but the idolatry of Buddha and Bodhisattva. I understand the importance of the enlightened teacher but why the god like status? Surely if enlightenment is obtained through self then venerating Buddha as though he were a god --rather than a teacher-- would impede that progress?submitted by danielxcubed
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This has no real value more of a rambling sort of anecdote, but recently it has been found that rats have the capacity for empathy. They fear for their fellow rats and put themselves in the way of pain and suffering to help a friend out. They show clear joy and elation from freeing a fellow rat from harm. They even share reward chocolate they receive with the friend they just help. If rats a creature looked on as a villain and treated so poorly has the capacity to empathize you have that capacity too. I just thought it was important to remind people of this.
Science video showing this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyolz2Qf1mssubmitted by bobetybob
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I love his conceptual way of writing, and enjoy how he explains the,"unexplainable", if you will. But, I am interested in Buddhist's thoughts on OSHO's possible delusions, positive impacts, and just the general points of disagreement between the religion and OSHO.submitted by ellis_peters
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Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu - chapter 20
Give up learning, and put an end to your troubles.
Is there a difference between yes and no? Is there a difference between good and evil? Must I fear what others fear? What nonsence! Other people are contented, enjoying the sacrificial feast of the ox. In spring some go to the park, and climb the terrace, But I alone am drifting not knowing where I am. Like a new-born babe before it learns to smile, I am alone, without a place to go.
Other have more than they need, but I alone have nothing. I am a fool. Oh, yes! I am confused. Other men are clear and bright, But I alone am dim and weak. Other men are sharp and clever, But I alone am dull and stupid. Oh, I drift like the waves of the sea. Without direction, like the restless wind.
Everyone else is busy, But I alone am aimless and depressed. I am different. I am nourished by the great mother.submitted by Taaanos
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I've been lurking around this subreddit for a while now, but never had anything to post until now. I've been dabbling with buddhism lightly to learn to become more compassionate, content, and detach myself from cravings. Not so recently (6 months ago) I broke up with my first love, a man that I was in a long term relationship with, lived together, got a dog together, and had thoughts about marriage with. At first I was fine with the breakup, thought we were incompatible in the long run and dated a few other guys for fun. It didn't hit me until yesterday, when I found out he started seeing someone more seriously, that I felt intense feelings of attachment, loss, regret, guilt, depression, etc etc. It didn't hit me, until he was really gone, that I've really lost him.
So, lurkers of r/buddhism, are there any resources you could point me to that have helped you cope with loss? I know this feeling is impermanent, and I know it will end eventually, but right now...the pain is hard to bear alone.submitted by shibainus
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