How To Integrate Buddhism Into Daily Life

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How To Integrate Buddhism Into Daily Life

Postby CalBudd » Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:59 am

I have no vices as such except couple of cigarettes a day and a bottle of beer at times. I have meat irregularly, about once a week. Am I breaking the five precepts ? Is there any guilt in Buddhism. I understand there is no sin in Buddhism.

Basically I am trying to ask what do I have to subtract from my daily life to be a good Buddhist (what activities - I already have a grasp of the emotional, psychological state expected of me). I am a bodybuilder in spare time. I googled "Buddhism + Bodybuilding" and read in another Forum that Buddhists should not pursue such things. But to me it seems ideal. A sane mind in a healthy body (not that i should use steroids). If I do not go to gym I will grow over weight.


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Re: How To Integrate Buddhism Into Daily Life

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:35 am

Hi, CalBudd,
Starting points are the Five Precepts - - and the four Brahmaviharas - .
If you can maintain these all the time - or even most of the time - you will be a good person and a better Buddhist than most.

They are training rules and guidelines for conduct which will help you, and incidentally people around you, be happier. Breaking them, a little or a lot, is not a sin but is unhelpful and may cause regret, shame or guilt because it means you have let yourself down and maybe broken your promises to yourself.

Best wishes for the journey!


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Re: How To Integrate Buddhism Into Daily Life

Postby lyndon taylor » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:22 am

The precepts are really important to me, because not only am I not accumulating bad karma, but I feel good about myself, being able to say I keep the precepts gives me a certain sense of worth or value, however vain, and ultimately unimportant that may be,

Honesty means very much to me, but right speech is a little harder. Sobriety is the secret to controlling my mental illness and keeping me employed. The buddhist precept on intoxicants can be interpreted two ways, the lazy way, don't do enough to get f'd up and lose you control; intoxicated, the strict way don't do any drink or drug that has the potential to get you f'd up, Many northern school apply this to cigarettes, many therevada, even monks allow smoking, because you can't loose control of your judgement by smoking or coffee, for instance. Me I still smoke cigs but One beer would affect me negatively, because I don't drink. At least for now I don't think you have anything to worry about anything. But if you're only drinking one beer a week, how hard would it be to give that up?? If not so hard, I say do it.

As to meat eating its too controversial, the Buddha allowed some meat eating, but didn't seem to want to make it easy, in fact his rules If strictly interpreted might apply against supermarket meat, because you're paying someone to kill the animal for you, I wouldn't let Buddhism tell you to or not to eat meat, I would use your own mind, The buddha loved animals, he didn't want us to kill them, you have to use you're own judgement how you interpret that.
18 years ago I made one of the most important decisions of my life and entered a local Cambodian Buddhist Temple as a temple boy and, for only 3 weeks, an actual Therevada Buddhist monk. I am not a scholar, great meditator, or authority on Buddhism, but Buddhism is something I love from the Bottom of my heart. It has taught me sobriety, morality, peace, and very importantly that my suffering is optional, and doesn't have to run my life. I hope to give back what little I can to the Buddhist community, sincerely former monk John

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Re: How To Integrate Buddhism Into Daily Life

Postby Coyote » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:54 am


There is no contradiction between Buddhism and bodybuilding as far as I am aware of, in that case we may as well prohibit following fashion, using make-up and other things that may be interpreted as being vain. The key is moderation. I believe good bodily health, including proper nutrition, is doubly important given the state of health in western countries and across the world.
Although cigarettes are not usually seen as breaking any of the precepts, you may want to cut down or give up completely if you value your health, especially as a bodybuilder. There has been at least one member on this site that has done so. There is also no contradiction between (Theravada) Buddhism and meat eating in itself, although there are some who give up the practice of eating meat as an ascetic practice (usually monks) or out of compassion. Strict prohibition of meat for ethical reasons is done in the Mahayana branch of Buddhism.

Good luck and best wishes
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."
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Re: How To Integrate Buddhism Into Daily Life

Postby Ben » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:35 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: How To Integrate Buddhism Into Daily Life

Postby convivium » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:33 pm

you don't have to be an anything in buddhism.
buddhism will give you stratagies, suggested guidelines, and perspectives.
explore and try them for yourself. see what works and what doesn't.
in daily life, mindfulness is important. lift weights mindfully.
Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it.

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Re: How To Integrate Buddhism Into Daily Life

Postby mirco » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:43 am

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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