If I wanted to convert to buddism, what would I have to practice and what are their beliefs?

I just want any information on Buddism, what do they believe in, do they believe in any certain god(s), what are their practices?

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Buddhism is something you do, not convert to. It’s like studying cognitive science, only more complete.
There are thousands of sects. I studied several of the main ones in my youth and settled on the one I will briefly describe because it includes all the lessons of the others without the elitism, secrecy, and mystification.

The founder of the Buddhism never wanted anything but to help everyone overcome the four sufferings of birth, sickness, aging, death.
He studied with numerous masters and underwent many privations until he realized that they didn’t hold the answers he was seeking. So he determined to find them on his own.
When he broke through and tried to teach the grand lessons he had learned, no one understood him. They weren’t ready to abandon incremental steps for a big journey. They weren’t ready to accept responsibility for their own lives as long as there were so many concepts around to enforce dependency.
So he started to develop expedient means with which to lead people to their freedom from delusions.
Because people are so different, he had to use many different means. That is one reason the sutras seem so confusing.
Eventually, as he was heading toward the end of this life, he began to tie it all together. He connected the dots. Those connected dots became the allegorical Lotus Sutra.
The Lotus Sutra contains all the means he developed and much more.
It was difficult to understand if you didn’t have the ability to withdraw from daily life for twenty, or thirty years.
In the thirteenth century, one man reconnected the dots in a way that would enable ordinary people AND rich geniuses to realize everything, if they were willing to make the effort.
This monk, blew all the partial and misleading answers out of the water, so the partial and misleading sects immediately had the government, with which they were in cahoots, attack him. Governments are interested in controlled populations, not free thinking, self-controlled individuals.
It didn’t work. The multiple attempts on his life and the thirty years of harsh persecution didn’t prevent Nichiren from realizing his determination. He manifested his learning on a single page of reference called a gohonzon and many letters and treatises.About 700 survived the times and cover-up attempts.
Today his teaching is being propagated in 192 countries by SGI.

The practice has to do with deciding to try it, become a freer human, decide on the goals of ones life, and using the mantra developed by Nichiren (Nam Myoho Renge Kyo) with determination to win. SGI has some mistakes in the translations into English because they use religious terminology for activities that have nothing to do with obeisance to a deity, or asking for benefit from a superior being, or having faith. This is because most authoritative translating dictionaries were compiled by Christian missionaries. Other than that, it is the most pro-human, freedom generating, self-respect enhancing group on Earth. The kicker is that what they teach enables people to generate pleasant coincidences because a brain that is getting un-deluded is better at generating benefit. While people are doing that, they are also forming a network to create peace in the world.

There is a brief summary you can google called, "quickly+transcend+your+circumstances"

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Why India and its surrounding became less Buddhists althou it was the origin of Buddha’s history?


because the hindhu belief has been there longer than buddhism and some still practice both today and if you look at there history you will see why hindhuism is becoming less popular and why buddhist dont want anything to do with it anymore

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are there any westerners here who are Buddhists but don’t practice Western Buddhism?

I’m a 16 year old Westerner, And I want to practice more traditional Buddhism. Particularly Tibetan Buddhism.
ifoughtyoutube that’s very ignorant.

Several forms of traditional Buddhism are available in the West. These include Tibetan, Zen, and Pure Land Buddhism.

The most widely-taught version of Theravada Buddhism – Insight – has been adapted to make is practices more easily accepted in the West. As a result, it has dropped many of its traditional aspects.

Tibetan and Zen Buddhist centers are widespread. Pure Land centers tend to be less common and to focus more on supporting the needs of ethnic Asian communities.

If you need help finding a community near you, feel free to contact me.

Best wishes on your path!

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Buddism – The Three Jewels

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What is the most common sect of buddhism followed by the western world?


It is very difficult to find reliable information about that, partly because it is so difficult to define who is and who is not a buddhist in the West today. Some are devout buddhists, some mix different buddhist traditions, some even mix different religions, some are mainly buddhist but pick and choose their own understanding of what it means, some use buddhist methods and inspiration without calling themselves buddhists, and many people sympathize with buddhism and are maybe inspired by reading some popular books by famous buddhists like the Dalai Lama, without practicing anything from the buddhist teachings.

That said, we can see three major waves of buddhism coming to the West:
1. in the first half of the 20 century, the Theravada teachings totally dominated the scene, often mixed with theosophy and spiritualism
2. after WWII, and especially in the 50s and 60s, Zen became popular, among other things through the beat poets and the Japanese martial arts.
3. after 1959 and the subsequent exile of the major part of the great Tibetan masters, and especially the last two or three decades (one milestone was the Nobel’s Peace Prize of the Dalai Lama in 1989), the Tibetan teachings have more and more become the probably most popular and widespread form of buddhism, if you see the West as a whole.

These three traditions are still the three major players on the Western buddhist scene, even if a lot of other buddhist traditions have also had some success, like Chinese Ch’an (from which Zen originated), Chinese and Japanese Pure Land, Japanese Nichiren, and so on.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn: Coming to Our Senses

2 Jon Kabat Zinn: Coming to Our SensesRenowned mindfulness meditation teacher and best-selling author Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at UCSD Medical Center on the topic of “Coming to Our Senses”, which is also the name of his new book, subtitled “Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness”. A pioneer in the application of ancient Buddhist practices to healing in modern medical settings, Kabat-Zinn expounds upon the value of “resting in awareness” not only to facilitate clarity in ourselves, but also as a means of relating to and healing the “dis-ease” in politics, society and the world. Series: “Health Sciences Journal” [11/1999] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 9375]

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Origin of the Supreme Four Elements 8/8 N

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JMC,first time of Khatina Buddism Celemony.

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LAY GNOSIS for Buddhist Intellectuals

2 LAY GNOSIS for Buddhist IntellectualsLAY GNOSIS enhances the daily life with physical mood elevation to improve ones enjoyment of Buddhist practices. Takes only 20 mins to trigger. Proven in 10 countries. www.truebluehealer.com/Beginners.html

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Schopenhauer, Buddhism and the Origins of Existentialism

2 Schopenhauer, Buddhism and the Origins of ExistentialismRev. Dr. James Kenneth Powell II, opensourcebuddhism.org This piece investigates the self-identified Buddhism of Artur Schopenhauer. Some will say he is Kantian, this piece credits him with such a break from Idealism as to constitute the beginning of Existentialism. Some will see this with Kierkegaard or Dostoyevsky. We see his emphasis on the individual via his understanding (and misunderstanding!) of Buddhism as the true origin of Existentialist thought.

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