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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: BHUDDISM IN TAIWAN AND OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES
vertical line Posted on Sep.05.2008 @ 10:08PM EDT by etcetra
Hi I recently moved to Taiwan and met a Bhuddist teacher here, and I was kind of surprised to find out what Bhuddism is like over here... This person who did all kinds of divining, prayer, and rituals to bring good fortune to your life.. for a donation . I thought Bhuddists are not supposed to do that, it is fundamentally against the teaching. I also felt awkward hearing from this person how my problems were the result of deed from past life, and how if I go through this ritual in which I accept Bhoddisatva in my heart (very reminiscent of accepting jesus in your heart), his power will be able to heal my injury at an incredible rate. I didn't want to confront this person for his teaching, because I am not a authority in Bhuddism, but I did feel strange to see how this is so common in Taiwan or other Asian countries..A lot of bhuddist temple here exist so that people can offer their prayer to the good gods and bring good fortune and they do very little teaching. I was trying to find a place where I can deepen my understanding of Bhuddism and enlightenment, and I just thought all this person was offering was an indoctrination to a belief system, and it went against so many things that I learned from other respectable roshis Bhuddists. I was wondering has anyone here had expereinces similar to this in their lives?
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Reply from 9999999
Sep.05.2008
10:35PM EDT 
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Reply from immortal 1
Sep.06.2008
07:37AM EDT 
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Quote: "yes"
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Just about any 'Nihilist' here would be glad to tell you they are not doing Buddhism here.  Most here do not believe in the trappings of the church, so to speak, no matter what church, in fact.

I do not know where I fit in that.  I didn't become a Buddhist until after awakening, because what I experienced coincides with Buddha.  So I guess I've got it backwards to begin with. 

But I don't have a lot of interest in the trappings of the church either. Although I respect these practices. I think all that is necessary for discipline so that a beginner or novice can learn to meditate.  After that meditation takes on its own, whatever.  Its like in school, once they have taught you to read you can read anything. 

I guess I believe that through meditation each individual forms a personal relationship with Buddha, which already existed but had not previously  been explored. 

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Reply from shayne
Sep.06.2008
07:43AM EDT 
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Nihilist

HAHAAHHA

thats so true.

look it up justin.

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Reply from etcetra
Sep.06.2008
09:57AM EDT 
vertical line I guess what I was puzzled about was that these people did not mention anything about meditation, they offered rituals that would cleanse people of their past karmas and bring good fortune, and there were a lot of talks about superstition, about demons and heaven and hell. From what I read most people go to Bhuddist temple to receive good fortune but never meditate. At first I didn't know what to think of it, but I just thought it was interesting how there is so much "Bhuddism" out there. the world is much bigger than I "know" or ever know.
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Reply from 9999999
Sep.06.2008
04:13PM EDT 
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vertical line 'nihilist' eh?

what is that belief doing for you?
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Reply from IZIZIZ
Sep.06.2008
08:16PM EDT 
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Who is the Buddha?

What is the Buddha?

Is Buddha not just a name?

Maybe the birth name given to that man when interpreted meant Frank, or Bill.

Maybe Pegasus??????

When you experience Zen, the Buddha will dissapear.

What on earth is a Buddhist?

The experience of being a Buddhist is a billion zillion experiences away from the experience of that man Pegasus.

There is a song called Pegasus, you may want to have a listen.

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