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Old 02-25-2007, 06:45 PM   #1
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Buddhism Vs. Christianity.

Let's duke it out.

I'll start. -Buddhism seems to me to be a great religion because of what it focuses on and because of how it's followers behave and think. The picture in my avatar is a really powerful picture to me because it shows just how much focus and mind power they have, as well as devotion to their attitudes.
I've been sort of spiritually wandering for a while now, just forming my own possible perceptions for how things are, how people should be, what life means, etc etc. and Buddhism really seems to give me satiscation.
I've just barely scratched the surface as far as my research into Buddhism goes, but I thought it would be an interesting discussion since Political Asylum is in sort of a slump.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism
there's the wiki article for any christians who would be interested in the discussion.

and i guess maybe i should be a little more proactive in my position on chrisitianity and go ahead and say that I think maybe there is some goodness buried in the pages, but the bible's mostly crazy stories with odd morals that have to be gathered through a priest who can only understand it because he's studied it for decades.

Actions speak louder than words, and Christianity speaks death. Buddhism speaks of understanding, mindfulness, and a right way of life. What deep insight does Christian text give you? It's mostly violent parables and people speaking to a guy in the sky, and then you have Jesus who philosophizes a little bit since he's after all, and then the rest of it is just more commands and rules from through random people or the pope or whoever. It might seem to some that theistic religions have been used throughout history as an "opium of the people"(no i'm not marxist), a way of controlling people. I imagine it would be hard for a christian to even give a thorough, skeptical look at some of these things, since doubting christianity at all, even allowing yourself possibility it might not be real, is the same as saying you THINK it's real, and not that you KNOW jesus christ is your lord, or whatever else, and hence you will burn in and all of that. i tried to be a christian when i was young, but something just repelled me from it. i had deep paranoia about , as anyone SHOULD who takes that seriously, i mean that's really something to FEAR. ETERNAL ! wtf, it's the most inhumane thing you could do to a young mind to fill their head with that unless it's just some kid whose simple enough to think that they can think they can believe and be okay!
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:21 PM   #2
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Islam vs. Christianity would be a better subject.
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Yeah, well I'd rather have a greater contrast than just 2 theistic religions.
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Head down to the local Buddhist Temple and tell 'em you want to sign up!
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I'd rather study it from home, where I can get my own feel for it and not have to participate in rituals I won't understand.
are you xian?
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i like it that way
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my belief in aliens is stronger than my belief in ""

i like it that way

you and me both, and i'm buddhist
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where's cajun?:confused2
or any devout fundamentalist?
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my belief in aliens is stronger than my belief in ""

i like it that way
Any would be an alien by definition.
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Alice, I have some books you would probably take interest in. You should check out the book Eight Lectures on Yoga.

If you want some nice comparisons about Christianity and Buhdism check out Living Buhdah Living Christ.
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Alice, I have some books you would probably take interest in. You should check out the book Eight Lectures on Yoga.

If you want some nice comparisons about Christianity and Buhdism check out Living Buhdah Living Christ.
I downloaded a torrents with 175 ebooks on Buddhism, but they are all written by the Buddha Dharma Education Association, which traces back to www.buddhanet.net. Are you familiar with this site? It seems to have a lot of info, but I still need a bit of background info on them before I indulge, since I don't want to absorb all of this info from them and then find out it's some radical sect of Buddhism or it's a bunch of kids who wrote these things, or whatever.

http://torrentspy.com/torrent/753295...ddhism_E_books
^if you want to check it out, or i think they have them all at buddhanet.


I like reading about Buddhism because I can read about it for 5 minutes and then think about it for the rest of the day, so I doubt I'll ever be short on reading supplies.

I'll probably go to the library soon and scoop up some of the more popular books on Buddhism like those you've mentioned.
Do you have any websites/forums you would recommend? since that's my main method of knowledge acquisition.
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where's cajun?:confused2
or any devout fundamentalist?
Why are you looking for a fight?

Why are you so Gung Ho on this?

What's with the hostility you are portraying?

What's your real motivation and purpose?

Do you feel that this internal conflict within yourself will show you the path to enlightenment?
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Why are you looking for a fight?

Why are you so Gung Ho on this?

What's with the hostility you are portraying?

What's your real motivation and purpose?

Do you feel that this internal conflict within yourself will show you the path to enlightenment?
No, I'm not looking for a fight. My saying "let's duke it out" wasn't intended to be taken seriously. Cajun requested a thread be made about evolution vs. creationism, and I thought maybe this would topic would be more interesting.
I'm Gung Ho about truth and understanding.
How am I portraying hostility?
Why are you asking such implicative questions?
My Real motivation and purpose are to learn about/understand life in a general sense, though it's extremely difficult, I think it's a good way to try to live.
What internal conflict do you refer to, because there's no conflict between christianity and buddhism in me. I've explained my feelings about Christianity in the beginning of this thread and those thoughts still stand.
Anything to contribute to the topic? Do you care to learn about Buddhism or Christianity?
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I think that if one can find a religion that they feel puts them closer to then go for it.
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i dont know alot about Buddhism, im nondenominational or whatever. cant spell sry. i do know some about is Islam or the muslim faith, theres no use is sayin 1 is wrong and the other is better and more rite people will believe what they r taught or some just grow into another thing. so u can say ur r discussing the cristain faith but to me it only seems like ur sayin whats wrong with it and thats not rite cause no ones gunna sit up here and say how buddhism is wrong, u r what u r and u r who u r u shouldnt put another realigion down its all about maybe a diff but its still
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I believe Alice's got a point, at least he's trying to educate himself about religion instead of believing everything other people say.
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i dont know alot about Buddhism, im nondenominational or whatever. cant spell sry. i do know some about is Islam or the muslim faith, theres no use is sayin 1 is wrong and the other is better and more rite people will believe what they r taught or some just grow into another thing. so u can say ur r discussing the cristain faith but to me it only seems like ur sayin whats wrong with it and thats not rite cause no ones gunna sit up here and say how buddhism is wrong, u r what u r and u r who u r u shouldnt put another realigion down its all about maybe a diff but its still
+1...Though not worded exactly as I would have perhaps worded it, I agree that it is not very tactful or even intelligent to pit one religion against the other, such is the source of most of our worlds problems past and present. As DenHou saidin so many words: Anything you do to be closer to is at least an attempt and I cannot knock you for it.
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