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    Misconceptions about Buddhism

    As is common with, I think, pretty much all religions, people who don't know much about a religion's beliefs often think they know more than they actually do.

    Here are some misconceptions about Buddhism that are pretty common:

    What Stereotypes Surround Buddhism?
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    Re: Misconceptions about Buddhism

    There ise a very wide spread misconception that Buddhism is a religion Yet to most sects it is a philosophy.

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    Re: Misconceptions about Buddhism

    Quote Originally Posted by DragonsFriend View Post
    There ise a very wide spread misconception that Buddhism is a religion Yet to most sects it is a philosophy.
    Bolded mine.

    I think the bolded aspect of Buddhism being various sects and practices vice one religion called Buddhism is one of the major misconceptions. People go on and on at times about Buddha this and Buddha that, but fail to realize that there are multiple practices that call itself "Buddhism". Though I agree most I've spoken to, even Buddhist in Japan when I was stationed there, said its a life philosophy and way to live more than a religion.
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    Re: Misconceptions about Buddhism

    Meh...

    Whether it is a religion or not, for this sect or that sect, will depend on how you define the term.

    Use a content-based definition ("a religion requires a god, gods, goddess, goddesses, spirits, etc.") then it frequently isn't.

    Use a functional definition ("does it fullfull a spiritual need in the one who practices it?") and it more often is.

    Myself, I don't think about it because it is irrelevent to me. So maybe it's neither at some times.

    Which might mean that at other times it is both.
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    It really surprised me when I saw a program(Maybe history channel) that had Buddhist's fighting between sects. I had always "Pictured" them as the peaceful ones.

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    Re: Misconceptions about Buddhism

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    It really surprised me when I saw a program(Maybe history channel) that had Buddhist's fighting between sects. I had always "Pictured" them as the peaceful ones.

    See here.
    In theory, Buddhists are supposed to respect other Buddhists, even when they disagree.

    But humans are humans, and a belief system does not necessarily make them perfect. Cie la vi!
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    Re: Misconceptions about Buddhism

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    In theory, Buddhists are supposed to respect other Buddhists, even when they disagree.

    But humans are humans, and a belief system does not necessarily make them perfect. Cie la vi!
    C'est la vie*

    Sorry. I feel like an asshole when correcting other people's writing. Nothing against you, it is just for your own knowledge.
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    Even though I am myself French(well half) that was really very French of you(a reason why some find the French irritating) but hay,the french can not help it,being French means you must be truthful,unless you have had to much wine...Then just find a bed to sleep it off.

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    I knew it was in my veins! It's in my DNA even! OH NO.

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    Re: Misconceptions about Buddhism

    This is one that I'm familiar with, after going to a Bon dance.

    Another common misconception is the notion that Buddhists don’t believe in heaven or that nirvana is the Buddhist version of heaven.

    Contrary to popular belief the Buddhist idea of reincarnation, or rebirth to be more accurate, isn’t quite as simple as “you die and then are reborn as someone else.”

    In reality, Buddhism has a very complex afterlife system that does include a set of non-permanent heavenly realms. While the Buddhist concept of heaven may be different than what westerners are used to in that it is not eternal, pretty much everything else about how these realms are described in Buddhist scripture are what one would typically describe heaven. The heavenly realms and higher are even mentioned in the Buddha’s first and most famous sermon.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

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