Is buddhism the path forward?

Discussion in 'Self Improvement' started by wanderthesword, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. wanderthesword

    wanderthesword Fapstronaut

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    Lately I have become quite taken with the idea of the extinction of suffering. Buddhism states that the five groups of existence are suffering:

    Birth, Decay, Death, (Sorrow, Lamentation, Pain, Grief, Despair), and not getting what you want are suffering.

    But Buddha argues that the cessation of suffering occurs when you are no longer ignorant, lustful or illusory about this world.

    What are your thoughts on buddhism?
     
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  2. miXhal

    miXhal Fapstronaut

    Suffering is not to be repressed or ignored, suffering is to be suffered through and overcame. It´s the same thing with porn - if you just try to remove all opportunities to watch it (which you most likely won´t be able to do anyway), it still won´t solve your problem.

    What does your life´s experience tell you? Has suffering ever ceased during it? Does it seem that it can EVER cease during this life? The experience of my life (and of uncountable amount of others) suggests me that this is unreal.

    In short, buddhism isn´t the path forward. It´s not even a religion! It seems like some neutral hybrid that doesn´t lead anywhere.
     
  3. Hros

    Hros Fapstronaut

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    I hardly know anything about Buddhism, but as I understand it, Buddhists break off from this world, going to live in seclusion. Yeah, that's one way of dealing with suffering - running away from it. But does it solve anything? Not really. The problem is still there. To truly live life, you need to deal with suffering correctly - facing problems head-on.
     
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  4. Wannabesaint2

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    Your real strength is when you fight an opponent you can train hard but if you never going to fight there's no point in training... Humans were made to make mistakes God said humans are the best of creation.. every son of Adam is a sinner but the best of sinners are they who repent
     
  5. Get_It

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    Its lots of impressive sounding words, but my farts have more value than all that hooey. One time I met a Buddhist on the street in San Francisco and at the end he was just trying to shake me down for money in return for him "praying" for me.
     
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  7. safa61947

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    I see the Noble Middle Path as an excuse to do the wrong things sometimes. Buddhism doesn't align with my values.
     
  8. Daedaleus

    Daedaleus Fapstronaut

    I think the Middle Path is more of an idea against extremes and the importance of balance; there are also various interpretations of his teachings, just like all major religions in the world.

    As for the OP, I believe spiritual growth should be a personal endeavor. I suggest exploring different, responsible, spiritual practices and religions to find one that speaks to you. I personally am an Unitarian Universalist, I take inspiration from various religions and spiritual practices and use them to fulfill myself spiritually. I borrow heavily from both Christian and Buddhism values and practices. I think spirituality can be an important tool to help you grow as an individual and find peace with some tough existential questions and concepts. I would also warn against going too far with it; I believe faith/spirituality should be a part of an individual, not their entire existence... Just my two cents.
     
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  9. I don't know a much about it. It is a most definitely considered a religion though. In fact, it's like in the top 5 right up there with Christianity, Judaism and Islam....I hear about it a lot. If it makes you feel spiritually whole and improves the quality of your life, go for it! That is all that matters.
     
  10. I like some teachings of the Buddha but Lao Tzu's teachings were more my thing.

    I can't view the world through suffering eyes. I have to view the world through natural eyes
     

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