Mkoll wrote:Maybe a few. I'm under the impression that the majority subscribe as much to Nibbana and the 4 stages of enlightenment as they do rebirth.
I suppose you could call me a "secular buddhist" in that I don't accept rebirth, yet I don't deny it either. I file that away as "no idea". I just try to keep the precepts for their own sake, and try to aim for Nibbana as best as I can. I practice because I can't argue with the Buddha's Dhamma. My aim is to be ethical, rational and as free from dukkha as I possibly can be. If that ultimately means a better rebirth, or no rebirth, that's fine. If it means oblivion regardless, so be it
Personally, out of all of the metaphysical doctrines I am quite warm to the idea of rebirth yet at the same time I can't deny that I do
not know it to be true, so I can't subscribe to it; however, neither can I deny it. I just practice Dhamma regardless. To me the outcome is the same in any circumstance, rebirth or not. Besides, it's all Anatta
To them, Buddhist teachings are for the purpose of making one's worldly life better. Nothing more, nothing less.
Well, for me the practice is to stop being delusional, angry and greedy. To escape from Dukkha, be it dukkha in this life or any other kind of existence. I couldn't imagine living any other way