What makes one a Buddhist?

Casual discussion amongst spiritual friends.

User avatar
dylanj
Posts: 784
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:48 am
Location: San Francisco
Contact:

Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

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

Genuine Refuge in the Triple Gem in line with the buddhanussati/dhammanussati/saṅghanussati
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

chownah
Posts: 7375
Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:19 pm

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.
chownah

User avatar
BasementBuddhist
Posts: 287
Joined: Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:03 pm

Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

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

I'm in agreement withChownah; Nothing at all.

User avatar
CedarTree
Posts: 254
Joined: Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:37 pm

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.
chownah
Deep, I hear Ajahn Chah in you ;)


Practice, Practice, Practice


binocular
Posts: 5453
Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:13 pm

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."

sarrahj22
Posts: 1
Joined: Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:04 am

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

chownah
Posts: 7375
Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:19 pm

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?
chownah

Caodemarte
Posts: 831
Joined: Fri May 01, 2015 3:21 pm

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."

User avatar
Aloka
Posts: 5760
Joined: Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:51 pm

Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

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

.

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


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




:anjali:

User avatar
DNS
Site Admin
Posts: 11680
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:15 am
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, Estados Unidos de América
Contact:

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

binocular
Posts: 5453
Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:13 pm

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!

User avatar
CedarTree
Posts: 254
Joined: Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:37 pm

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:


Practice, Practice, Practice


binocular
Posts: 5453
Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:13 pm

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.

chownah
Posts: 7375
Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:19 pm

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.
chownah

Locked

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider] and 41 guests