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Buddha Hands (von gamelaner)

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hi there! Im currently under a project which requires a few thoughts on Buddhism. I was wondering if you can answer my questions? One of them would be: what is Buddha to you? (A god, a teacher, philosopher, etc.) and why. The other would be: how can you explain Buddhism to someone of my age (which is 14 y/o)? I would really be happy if you could answer this for me :) I find your insights really cool and hope you carry on the awesomeness of them^^


Buddha was a human being, a teacher, and a realized being. He was not a God and never made any claims to be. To me he is an example of what is possible for all of us, to be awake and live our lives fearlessly. 

To me Buddhism is simply about being yourself. It’s about engaging all of your life including the unpleasant stuff and using it all as fuel for transformation. It’s about ending the suffering in our lives and in the lives of others.

Good luck with the project! :)

The next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community; a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.

Thich Nhat Hanh (via cosmofilius)

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What is dharma?

Dharma is the teachings of the Buddha, but once you have right view/understanding (8 fold path) you will begin to hear dharma everywhere, not just in Buddhist books but in other religious teachings, in nature, in situations, and even in your own breath. So in a larger since, dharma is the reality of things, the way things are, or truth.

Dharma is also the path. Reality, or truth as we perceive it, is our path and our practice. So the dharma is our practice, our teachings, and also the way we experience reality. Of course, that’s just my perception at this moment.

So when we take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and the Sangha, we are taking refuge in the example of Siddhartha, yes, but also refuge in the possibility and the nature of who we are (Buddha), refuge in the teachings, the path, the practice, and reality itself (Dharma), and refuge in the community, spiritual friends, and realization that we are all one and no one is separate from us (Sangha).

The world is full of Buddhas but they’re sleeping

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Hi there, I love your blog and I am grateful for you! My question is: Do you know of any references made by Buddha that say that total enlightenment can not be reached by humans while they are alive?


Thank you. No, I haven’t heard that.

According to most Buddhist traditions, there are 4 stages or levels of enlightenment. The first being stream entry, which generally means that you will not be reincarnated as any lesser being any longer. Then there is a 2nd stage where you are said to be limited to 2-3 more reincarnations before reaching nirvana. Third path, they are called once returners, meaning they have one more trip to go. Lastly, there is nirvana where the cycle of rebirths is ended, and you are free.

Forgive my crude and perhaps inaccurate descriptions. The Mahayana tradition talks about those who deny themselves final path to nirvana to come back again to help relieve the suffering of others. It illustrates that this practice is not a selflish escape from reality, but rather a selfless engagement with all of life especially suffering.The point is that enlightenment or awakening happens in the here & now in this life in this moment, not somewhere out there in the future or up in the clouds.

I personally don’t believe in literal reincarnation. I think Buddha was speaking to and from a Hindu culture. I think it is actually quite radical that he said the ultimate goal is not returning, ending the cycle. That happiness and the ending of suffering is available now in this life in the midst of such great suffering. Freedom, happiness is here now. Blessings


“Buddhist Philosophy” by Tallis

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re selling Jesus or Buddha or civil rights or ‘How to Make Money in Real Estate With No Money Down.’ That doesn’t make you a human being; it makes you a marketing rep. If you want to talk to somebody honestly, as a human being, ask him about his kids. Find out what his dreams are – just to find out, for no other reason. Because as soon as you lay your hands on a conversation to steer it, it’s not a conversation anymore; it’s a pitch. And you’re not a human being; you’re a marketing rep.

- From the film "Big Kahuna" with Kevin Spacey and Danny Devito

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this is a version of the opening to the dhammapada

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The loving kindness that the Buddha speaks of (which is often translated as compassion in Buddhist literature) and the love of God that Jesus talks about are pointing to the same foundational reality. Both of them see love and compassion as the full and final source and goal of religion. The goal of religion is to make people like God and “God is Love” (1 John 4:8).

How can we move into the wisdom of both Jesus and the Buddha? First, we Christians can start with honest Jesus scholarship, which is now readily available. We can be honest about who Jesus really was and what Jesus was really saying before we made him into “our” religion. Second, we need more concrete practice concerning the issues of the many levels of healing that Jesus was clearly concerned about, much clearer than any founding of a church institution or making dogmatic declarations. Then we will see for ourselves the immense similarities between the teaching of Jesus and the teaching of the Buddha.

Richard Rohr, “Jesus & Buddha”

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