by Buddha Zen
Buddhism doesn't qualify as a Religion, but more of a wisdom or
philosophy and a path. This is often an assumption by those that do not
understand. They often think that Buddhists worship The Buddha perhaps some do
but then they must not have read the teachings and do not realize the idea is to
become A Buddha, "enlightened one". The images of Buddha are not worshipped
either but serve simply as a reminder of a truth, and to be mindful, at least
for most. Of course in Buddhism one is free to think of it as a religion if they
In Buddhism mere belief is substituted by confidence based on knowledge and direct experience.
To the seekers of truth the Buddha says:
"Do not accept anything on (mere) hearsay -- (i.e., thinking that thus have we heard it for a long time). Do not accept anything by mere tradition -- (i.e., thinking that it has thus been handed down through many generations). Do not accept anything on account of mere rumors -- (i.e., by believing what others say without any investigation). Do not accept anything just because it accords with your scriptures. Do not accept anything by mere suppositions. Do not accept anything by mere inference. Do not accept anything by merely considering the reasons. Do not accept anything merely because it agrees with your pre-conceived notions. Do not accept anything merely because it seems acceptable -- (i.e., thinking that as the speaker seems to be a good person his words should be accepted). Do not accept anything thinking that the ascetic is respected by us (therefore it is right to accept his word).
A Buddha doesn't save people or erase their sins or purify them. That is something that you your self must do, but one might lead one to a path.
A Buddhist has freedom of thought and is not a follower of the Buddha. He will and develop his knowledge even to the extent of becoming a Buddha himself perhaps actually evolving the teachings and understanding further.
Buddhism is very partial to science in contrast to fantasy and fabrication.
Buddha is really just a concept like Christ, The Buddha, was a teacher, just like Jesus. In fact there isn't much difference between the two if the original teachings are studied before they were edited and molded into something else.
One Buddhist practice is to abide in a pure mindfulness in which there is what we call insight knowing, or direct knowledge. It is a knowledge that isn't based on perception, an idea, a position, or a doctrine: and this knowledge can only be possible through mindfulness.
What is meant by mindfulness is the ability to not attach to any object, either in the material realm or mental realm. When there is no attachment, then the mind is in its pure state of awareness, intelligence, and clarity. That is mindfulness. The mind is pure and receptive, sensitive to the existing conditions. It is no longer a conditioned mind that just reacts to pleasure and pain, praise and blame, happiness and suffering.
"One becomes a programmer rather than a program." The Matrix
As one might expect Buddhism and the teachings have evolved, just as the understanding between the tangible and intangible has evolved in science. You might check out Advanced Being or view the new premise that beliefs are not necessary at all. Read the "End of Beliefs" or A world without belief - The Infinite Player
Copyright 2007 - 2010 Infinite Play Gerber, Richard, and Thomas