What makes one a Buddhist?

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by maranadhammomhi » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:03 am

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by chownah » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:24 am

I think that it is a belief in the delusional self that makes one a buddhist....if one has dropped the belief in the delusional self then one would be nothing at all.
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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by BasementBuddhist » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:03 am

I'm in agreement withChownah; Nothing at all.

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by CedarTree » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:13 am

chownah wrote:I think that it is a belief in the delusional self that makes one a buddhist....if one has dropped the belief in the delusional self then one would be nothing at all.
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Deep, I hear Ajahn Chah in you ;)


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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by binocular » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:46 am

chownah wrote:I think that it is a belief in the delusional self that makes one a buddhist....if one has dropped the belief in the delusional self then one would be nothing at all.
Nothing at all is still something: it's "nothing at all."

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by sarrahj22 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:12 am

Maybe being a man and not having much respinsabilities or commitments so you have plenty of free time to think about the world. Becomming a Buddha would be a little more challenging if one was a single parent mother

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by chownah » Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:48 pm

CedarTree wrote:
chownah wrote:I think that it is a belief in the delusional self that makes one a buddhist....if one has dropped the belief in the delusional self then one would be nothing at all.
chownah
Deep, I hear Ajahn Chah in you ;)
Yeah, I've been trying to get rid of him....de-worming pills don't work....any suggestions?
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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by Caodemarte » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:23 pm

chownah wrote:
CedarTree wrote:
chownah wrote:I think that it is a belief in the delusional self that makes one a buddhist....if one has dropped the belief in the delusional self then one would be nothing at all.
chownah
Deep, I hear Ajahn Chah in you ;)
Yeah, I've been trying to get rid of him....de-worming pills don't work....any suggestions?
chownah

I think Ajahn Chah might ask why "being a Buddhist" is a matter of the slightest concern. You can claim many identies and fight over memberships in whatever club. In the end they will be as Ajahn Chah said, "Just more to drop."

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by Aloka » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:56 pm

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What makes one a Buddhist ?....Refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha:


http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma2/bds.html




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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by DNS » Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:38 pm

I notice you necro-posted to bring this topic back up with a link to the Sogyal Rinpoche scandal. If you are asking if he is a Buddhist, then in my opinion he is a Buddhist. Being Buddhist doesn't mean one is a Buddha or even noble one.

You will find more interest and posts on Sogyal over at our sister site DW (Mahayana) in this topic:
https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=26105

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by binocular » Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:53 pm

sarrahj22 wrote:Maybe being a man and not having much respinsabilities or commitments so you have plenty of free time to think about the world. Becomming a Buddha would be a little more challenging if one was a single parent mother
I hear you!

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by CedarTree » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:01 pm

Aloka wrote:.

What makes one a Buddhist ?....Refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha:


http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma2/bds.html




:anjali:
On point :buddha1:


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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by binocular » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:04 pm

chownah wrote:Yeah, I've been trying to get rid of him....de-worming pills don't work....any suggestions?
Noodles, obviously.

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by chownah » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:36 am

Caodemarte wrote:
I think Ajahn Chah might ask why "being a Buddhist" is a matter of the slightest concern. You can claim many identies and fight over memberships in whatever club. In the end they will be as Ajahn Chah said, "Just more to drop."
In answer to the issue of "concern":
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... tml#turban
An excerpt:
Just as when a person whose turban or head was on fire would put forth extra desire, effort, diligence, endeavor, relentlessness, mindfulness, & alertness to put out the fire on his turban or head; in the same way, the monk should put forth extra desire, effort, diligence, endeavor, relentlessness, mindfulness, & alertness for the abandoning of those very same evil, unskillful qualities.
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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by chownah » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:39 am

Aloka wrote:.

What makes one a Buddhist ?....Refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha:


http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma2/bds.html
:anjali:
What makes one go for refuge in the B, D, and S?
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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by binocular » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:26 am

chownah wrote:What makes one go for refuge in the B, D, and S?
One would have to ask one who goes for "refuge in the B, D, and S".

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by chownah » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:52 am

binocular wrote:
chownah wrote:What makes one go for refuge in the B, D, and S?
One would have to ask one who goes for "refuge in the B, D, and S".
I am hoping that just that sort of person will reply....or perhaps someone can think of some pali sutta which might hint at an answer......I don't think they do it because they have already ended suffering....I don't think they do it because their spouse has forgotten their birthday....I don't think they do it because they just won the lottery.....but of course I could be wrong.

Of course there is another approach. Maybe taking refuge in b.d.s. is the oath which imparts membership in the buddhist club....after you take the oath you are officially a member....I'm thinking it is something deeper than that so I am looking for something deeper than that......I guess....don't know for sure....
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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by Caodemarte » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:35 am

chownah wrote:
Caodemarte wrote:
I think Ajahn Chah might ask why "being a Buddhist" is a matter of the slightest concern. You can claim many identies and fight over memberships in whatever club. In the end they will be as Ajahn Chah said, "Just more to drop."
In answer to the issue of "concern":
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... tml#turban
An excerpt:
Just as when a person whose turban or head was on fire would put forth extra desire, effort, diligence, endeavor, relentlessness, mindfulness, & alertness to put out the fire on his turban or head; in the same way, the monk should put forth extra desire, effort, diligence, endeavor, relentlessness, mindfulness, & alertness for the abandoning of those very same evil, unskillful qualities.
chownah
Sorry, I don't understand the relevance here.

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Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

Post by Nicolas » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:53 am

chownah wrote:What makes one go for refuge in the B, D, and S?chownah
I would think: Faith or discernment:
Cakkhu Sutta (SN 25.1) wrote: “One who has conviction & belief that these phenomena are this way is called a faith-follower [...].
“One who, after pondering with a modicum of discernment, has accepted that these phenomena are this way is called a Dhamma-follower [...].

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