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Greetings to the Dhamma Wheel users

Postby Helyron » Mon May 20, 2013 8:13 am

Hello.

I live in Austria and came to Buddhism thought a Meditation book (pretty good: Meditation for Dummies). After this I have read their other books about Buddhism and I have seen so much truth in the teachings of Buddha.
Since following the most of this teachings I got pretty happy and satisfied.

My point of view is a bit different. I am a very strong Atheist and a fan of Dawkins. I would call myself a freethinker, that's why I don't believe in Karma and Reincarnation. Great that Buddhism has no dogmas there.
I take nothing for guaranteed and I'm a sceptic. I see a big problem in this dogmatic theism. People should start thinking for themselves, proofing, asking.

Buddhism has helped me a lot. And it even makes me more rational, helps me free-thinking and understanding a lot of things plus learned me how to control my emotions.

I do not live for breaking somewhere out, because it seems I'm not caged (that way). I live for the present and for me death is the end. But I have also learned that Hedonism makes addicted and distraught - that's why I try another way.

That was it - best regards. :jumping:
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Re: Greetings to the Dhamma Wheel users

Postby retrofuturist » Mon May 20, 2013 8:47 am

Greetings Helyron,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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There is an explanation of kamma that leaves no recourse to anything esoteric, but it's quite subtle and all too easily dumbed down to "pop karma". If you're interested, have a poke around the forum and you might see some explanations for kamma that are palatable to you.

See also:

Buddhism For The Modern Skeptic
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... rn_Skeptic

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Greetings to the Dhamma Wheel users

Postby cooran » Mon May 20, 2013 8:57 am

Hello Helyron,

Welcome! :group:

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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Re: Greetings to the Dhamma Wheel users

Postby Ben » Mon May 20, 2013 9:28 am

Greetings Helyron and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Greetings to the Dhamma Wheel users

Postby Helyron » Mon May 20, 2013 10:49 am

retrofuturist wrote:Buddhism For The Modern Skeptic
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... rn_Skeptic

Great article, thank you! :smile:
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Re: Greetings to the Dhamma Wheel users

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon May 20, 2013 5:05 pm

Helyron wrote:
I don't believe in Karma and Reincarnation.


Me neither, but I do believe in kamma and rebirth. :tongue:

I take nothing for guaranteed and I'm a sceptic. I see a big problem in this dogmatic theism. People should start thinking for themselves, proofing, asking.


Many of us came to the teachings of Buddha through some skepticism and inquiry, which is good.

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Re: Greetings to the Dhamma Wheel users

Postby Helyron » Mon May 20, 2013 7:56 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:
Helyron wrote:
I don't believe in Karma and Reincarnation.


Me neither, but I do believe in kamma and rebirth. :tongue:

Is there an important difference I should know? :smile:
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Re: Greetings to the Dhamma Wheel users

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon May 20, 2013 8:49 pm

Helyron wrote:Is there an important difference I should know? :smile:


Kamma is the Pali spelling for karma and has different meanings to the Hindu-karma, Jain-karma
Rebirth is not a permanent soul, but rather anatta, no-self. See:
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Rebirth
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Anatta
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