what does being a buddhist mean to you

what does being a buddhist mean to you
  • Re: Children Responding to Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha Paid Member

    Josh Ikeda-Nash, age 5Oakland, California "What I want to know is, why were there two buddhas at the end? And I liked the part where Mara threw fireballs at Buddha. I think Buddha is the best person. Buddha and Martin Luther King Jr." Courtney Flynn, age 8Boston, Massachusetts"I would be honored for being picked to be a great teacher." Kate M. Linthicum, age 8Albuquerque, New Mexico "I liked the part where the monks sat down on the floor in the little boy's living room, because that doesn't usually happen—you usually sit on the chair. The monks think one of the three kids is the lama. At the end of the movie, though, the head monk bows to each of the three kids and calls them 'teacher.'" More »
  • What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You? Paid Member

    ALINA STRAND Honduran Farmer in Kentucky "Being mindful of thought and deed in daily life." NORA SAFRAN Potter Amagansett, NY "Pain, pain, pain, pain,—that's thinking of the fourth day of a seven-day retreat." More »
  • What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You? Paid Member

    DOC O'CONNOR Office Manager, LaGrange, Ohio "Long pilgrimages to Asia. I'm just back from five months in India and Nepal with a more balanced foundation for dealing with my own chaotic American culture." FATHER ALLEN BREAUX Pastor, St. Rita Catholic Church, St. Martinsville, Louisiana "Being free—being given permission to be oneself. In the tradition of being unrestricted—to freely question and to find the answer in the question." TRACI GOZA Dancer, Houston, Texas "Living a simple life. Being present to life as it is. Not that I even know what that is." SIDDHARTHA Brahmin's Son, India More »
  • What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You? SEX Paid Member

    Sex can show us a lot about ourselves. Why am I about to have sex? We should be totally honest with ourselves. —Sam CeliaWilmington, North Carolinaartist, cook, musician, Zen student   Don’t get caught clinging. —Jakob LeschlyGoonellabah, Australiajanitor     I wonder if some of the bad rap sex has acquired in Buddhism derives from the influence of asceticism. Sometimes it’s easier to dismiss all sex, all pleasure, than to sort out what constitutes too much attachment, too much suffering. More »
  • RE: Anger Paid Member

    “We are all a part of nature, and nature includes tornadoes and cyclones.”  Ken Taub Advertising Creative Director/Writer, St. James, NY   “Over the years I’ve become somewhat more skilled at recognizing, but not reacting to, feelings of anger. Usually when I sense anger arising I take a deep breath and move on. The usual trap for me is to either deny I’m feeling anger or to feel guilty for feeling anger, or both. Anger happens.”  Daniel J. DeFeo Emergency Room Nurse, Morgantown, WV  More »
  • What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You? Paid Member

    “Mara loses his power when you’re broke.”- Philip Ryan Tricycle Web Editor “Buddhism means we’re all always rich all along.”- Lynn Somerstein, Ph.D., RYT Psychoanalyst And Yoga Teacher “Buddhist practice has given me a better sense of perspective on money: it is neither the source of, nor the solution to, my personal sense of unease in the world.”- Peter Clothier More »