In Catholicism and other sects of Christianity, there is a focus on a confession of sins to others, such as priests or a congregation. Are there similar actions in the various Buddhist sects?
There are many examples of monks and laypeople “confesssing” various things to the original Buddha. One story goes as follows:
A wealthy householder . . . → Read More: Confessions and Guilt
I know you’ve been over the Buddhist diet a million times but I have always been perplexed about the justification of not adhering to a vegetarian diet by the many Buddhist lay people in Asia. I personally am not a vegetarian but I hate unanswered questions.
Anyway, I happened to notice that the Wikipedia version (terribly . . . → Read More: Violence and the First Precept
Today’s guest post is from Thomas Hochmann, a former English teacher and a student of Buddhism since 2002. Today, he will lead us through something called transformational practice. His blog can be found at http://www.hochmann.org and you can follow him on Twitter (@hochmann).
Transformational Practice, by Thomas Hochmann
When you think of religion, what comes to mind? . . . → Read More: Guest Post: Transformational Practice, by Thomas Hochmann
Isn’t trying to reach enlightenment a form of desire? Wouldn’t it therefore contradict the second Noble Truth, and trying to reach it bring suffering?
Just to to refresh everyone’s memories, the second Noble Truth says that, “suffering is caused by attachment to desire.” It is also sometimes expanded to include irrational desire or grasping.
The problem isn’t exactly . . . → Read More: How Can I Desire Enlightenment?
A couple of weeks ago, I put up a guest post discussing Nichiren Buddhism from the point of view of a practitioner of that sect. This week is a similar to that, but this time, our guest will discuss Shin Buddhism.If you would like to write a short essay or article explaining “your” version of Buddhism, . . . → Read More: Guest Post: Shin Buddhism, by Jeff Wilson