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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Why Buddhism?

    I do not know. I only remember reading heavily about quantum physics around age 16, making many philosophical assertions about the world based off my findings, and then discovering Buddhism. It just fell in line with the thoughts I was having, my entire arching philosophy, so I haven't dropped it.


    Quote Originally Posted by tinker683 View Post
    What are your feelings on Taoism?

    I don't know as much as I'd like, though after this book I have another by the same author on Hinduism and another on Taoism (and then Islam, Christianity and Judaism).


    From what I've basically read, Taoism is more concerned with universal structure itself, apart from emotional composition?


    I actually read something about it around the time I made this thread that struck my fancy, I think I will enjoy Taoism very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinker683 View Post
    What are your feelings on Taoism?
    Quote Originally Posted by jontherobot View Post
    I don't know as much as I'd like, though after this book I have another by the same author on Hinduism and another on Taoism (and then Islam, Christianity and Judaism).


    From what I've basically read, Taoism is more concerned with universal structure itself, apart from emotional composition?


    I actually read something about it around the time I made this thread that struck my fancy, I think I will enjoy Taoism very much.
    From a historical perspective, Buddhism blended pretty much with Taoism after its arrival in China. A parallel could be drawn to what happened back in India with Buddhism and Hinduism. It seems in other parts of Asia that Buddhism kinda struck out as a seperate religion, although even then it mixed with more indigenous beliefs such as Tibetan shamanism or Japanese Shintoism.

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    How does Buddhism view ideas of ethical responsibility as it relates to our individual awareness of life?

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    Yeah Buddhism seams to be geared toward the same goal of Nirvana that Brahmanism is geared toward, though Brahmanism is polytheistic with monotheistic themes while Buddhism is agnostic. Many of the earlier Buddhist disciples did, indeed revere the gods of their Brahmanistic heritage though. I think that the idea of Buddhism gained popularity in the Western world because many of its ethics are central to the Judeo-Christian tradition while at the same time excluding the necessity of a personal God, and perhaps this was the same reason the formula of salvation through intuition as opposed to submission to a Higher power gained popularity in the East. Buddhism holds similarities to Christianity in that it holds that humans are disposed to imperfection and that it establishes personal etiquette. Gnosticism is even cruder and more reductionist, which is likely the reason it's been concocted in various forms and why it's piggybacked on a number of different traditions and cultures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great One View Post
    Question 2: I heard that there are Buddhist forms of hell, but they only are temporary and you only go to it for a temporary period of time, unlike the Christian Hell. Please describe to me how this works.
    You're there temporarily because after that you'll reincarnate. What you'll be in your next life depends on the amount of good/bad karma you've accumulated.

    This is what I understand of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    What's your stance on reincarnation?

    I read this the day you posted it, but I felt I did not have strong enough conviction on the subject to give you a worthwhile answer. After a good bit of reading and intense pondering, I still cannot tell you what my stance is.


    I do not believe that anyone has the capacity to 'know', so I will likely forever remain ambiguous on the subject as long as I exist in this world.


    I have held conviction of both spectrums at some point in my life, if that means anything.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayness View Post
    You're there temporarily because after that you'll reincarnate. What you'll be in your next life depends on the amount of good/bad karma you've accumulated.

    This is what I understand of it.
    But how can you accumulate good karma if you are reincarnated as like a roach or something? There mind isn't even advanced enough to comprehend good and evil

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great One View Post
    But how can you accumulate good karma if you are reincarnated as like a roach or something? There mind isn't even advanced enough to comprehend good and evil
    Some say that animals do not have karma the way humans do (this is the Hindu perspective as far as I know)

    Think of karma as less of a tally of 'good points' and 'bad points' and more as a cause and effect where you ultimately deal with what you create in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprinkles View Post
    Some say that animals do not have karma the way humans do (this is the Hindu perspective as far as I know)

    Think of karma as less of a tally of 'good points' and 'bad points' and more as a cause and effect where you ultimately deal with what you create in the world.
    But how can a bug create anything in the world?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great One View Post
    But how can a bug create anything in the world?
    Bugs are important and do plenty of things. They definitely have their place in the world.

    The way I look at it (and mind you I'm not a follower of this) is that if you're not consciously doing bad things, or are running on natural instinct, or whatever, you don't get negative karma - or not as much.

    So maybe it could be thought that being a roach for a while somehow balances out the state of things.

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