Buddhism maintains that the common reaction of the human mind to pleasure and to achievement is not satisfaction; it’s craving for more.
Just now, Christianity is in the ascendant. Buddhism and Taoism are decadent; their influence cannot long hold its own. Buddhism has long since passed its meridian; Taoism has only demons, not gods.
A religion so cheerless, a philosophy so sorrowful, could never have succeeded with the masses of mankind if presented only as a system of metaphysics. Buddhism owed its success to its catholic spirit and its beautiful morality.
I like to read about different religions – Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism.
I believe that dialogue is the key to breaking through our tendency to separate and isolate. Dialogue changes isolation and loneliness into connection and interdependence. This, I believe, is the essence of Buddhism.
I’m a Buddhist and active in my Buddhist’s Association, and I’m actually a National Young Women’s representative for the organization, so I travel a lot helping young women who are practicing Buddhism.
When you practice Buddhism, you have to always self-reflect, and you can’t avoid your problems. That makes me understand human beings better. I feel that the more I do that in my own life, the more I can see how to play a character.
My dad’s a surfer-psychologist, and my mother’s an actress-fitness instructor, and we all practice Buddhism.
Buddhism has had a major effect on who I am and how I think about the world. What I have learned is that I like all religions, but only parts of them.
My faith foundation works to bring about a greater respect and understanding between different faiths. We basically work with six popular religions in the world which are the three Abrahamic religions, Hinduism and Buddhism and Sikhism.
In Buddhism there are words you can say… as you say the words with rhythm the conscious tells the subconscious.
I’d gotten away from my Buddhism. And I quit meditating.
I believe in Buddhism. Not every aspect, but most of it. So I take bits and pieces.
Buddhism has become a socially recognized religious philosophy for Americans, whereas it used to be considered an exotic religion.
If you’re a politician, you might want to learn the Buddhist way of negotiation. Restoring communication and bringing back reconciliation is clear and concrete in Buddhism.
In Buddhism, we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the earth is in danger and living species are in danger.
I realize that many elements of the Buddhist teaching can be found in Christianity, Judaism, Islam. I think if Buddhism can help, it is the concrete methods of practice.
Buddhism teaches us not to try to run away from suffering. You have to confront suffering. You have to look deeply into the nature of suffering in order to recognize its cause, the making of the suffering.
I think Buddhism should open the door of psychology and healing to penetrate more easily into the Western world.
There are many, many Christians who practice Buddhism, and they become better and better Christians all the time.
My mom and my aunties are really devout Christians. My mom married a Muslim when I was 12, so I got teachings from both sides and then other sides because I wanted to find out which way to go. So not only Christianity and Islam, but Confucianism, Shintoism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Judaism. I tried to read everything.
When I was first introduced to Buddhism in a high school World Studies class, I dismissed it out of hand. This was during the hedonistic days of the late ’60s, and this spiritual path seemed so grim with its concern about attachment and, apparently, anti-pleasure.
I think the reason Buddhism and Western psychology are so compatible is that Western psychology helps to identify the stories and the patterns in our personal lives, but what Buddhist awareness training does is it actually allows the person to develop skills to stay in what’s going on.
For me, in Buddhism there is a plethora of specific teachings that one can seek out and find for the individual dilemmas you may have.
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