Informed Opinion

Lehigh Acres, FL

#41 Dec 29, 2012
Consider Zen Buddhism as a complement to traditional American beliefs.

The Four Noble Truths
The Foundation of Buddhism

The truth of suffering
The truth of the cause of suffering
The truth of the end of suffering
The truth of the path that frees us from suffering

The Truth of Suffering

The First Noble Truth often is translated as "Life is suffering." Many people new to Buddhism tune out as soon as they hear this. But the Pali word dukkha also refers to anything that is temporary, conditional, or compounded of other things. Even something precious and enjoyable is dukkha, because it will end.

Related to the nature of life is the nature of self. Are we not also temporary, conditional and compounded of many parts? We can understand that life is impermanent but are we, also, impermanent? The Buddha taught that before we can understand life and death we must understand the self.

Read More: What is the self?
Read More: What the Buddha Meant by "Suffering"

The Truth of the Cause of Suffering

The Second Noble Truth teaches that the cause of suffering is craving or thirst (tanha). We continually search for something outside ourselves to make us happy. But no matter how successful we are, we never remain satisfied.

The Buddha taught that this thirst grows from ignorance of the self. We go through life grabbing one thing after another to get a sense of security about ourselves. We attach not only to physical things, but also to ideas and opinions about ourselves and the world around us. Then we grow frustrated when the world doesn't behave the way we think it should and our lives don't conform to our expectations.

The Buddha's teachings on karma and rebirth are closely related to the Second Noble Truth.

Read More: Karma and Rebirth

The Truth of the End of Suffering

The Buddha's teachings on the Four Noble Truths are sometimes compared to a physician diagnosing an illness and prescribing a treatment. The first truth tells us what the illness is, and the second truth tells us what causes the illness. The Third Noble Truth holds out hope for a cure.

The Buddha taught that through diligent practice, we can put an end to craving. Ending the hamster-wheel chase after satisfaction is enlightenment (bodhi, "awakened"). The enlightened being exists in a state called Nirvana.

Read More: Enlightenment and Nirvana

The Truth of the Path That Frees Us From Suffering

Here the Buddha as physician prescribes the treatment for our illness: The Eightfold Path. Unlike in many other religions, in Buddhism there is no particular benefit to merely believing in a doctrine. Instead, the emphasis is on living the doctrine.
mostly listening

Commerce, GA

#42 Dec 29, 2012
Give it a break incorectly informed opinion. You are a babbling self indulged idiot who thinks you impress people with your bullshit. Your opinion has been told too much and has been formed by your selfish brain. Maybe a good one but only sees your own side. Do you always have to dominate?
Informed Opinion

Lehigh Acres, FL

#43 Dec 29, 2012
mostly listening wrote:
Give it a break incorectly informed opinion. You are a babbling self indulged idiot who thinks you impress people with your bullshit. Your opinion has been told too much and has been formed by your selfish brain. Maybe a good one but only sees your own side. Do you always have to dominate?
Dear Mostly Listening,

I am sorry.

My heart aches with the thought that I failed to impress you, and thereby will never live a fulfilled and joyous life. Without your personal respect and admiration for my posts, my is hollow and incomplete.

Please forgive me for watching football and contributing posts containing information or facts that I believed might be of interest, or even some small assistance, to others.

I truly,(albeit mistakenly), believed those not interested would simply skip by them, and move on to posts they found more to their personal interest. Or perhaps simply return their gaze to the Alamo Bowl or Mecum Auto Auction,( my favorites).

How silly of me.

I beg your forgiveness, oh unquestionable arbitrator of interest.

Respectfully,

IO
mostly listening

Commerce, GA

#44 Dec 29, 2012
It's hard to move to a post without your one sided OPINION. Informed or not does not qualify your opinion as correct. You must have a big personality problem. I'm finished now. Thanks
Informed Opinion

Lehigh Acres, FL

#45 Dec 29, 2012
mostly listening wrote:
It's hard to move to a post without your one sided OPINION. Informed or not does not qualify your opinion as correct. You must have a big personality problem. I'm finished now. Thanks
Your welcome.

Please feel free to offer your comments and opinions - that's kinda what makes TOPIX work.
Hill Will

Dawsonville, GA

#46 Dec 29, 2012
"The Buddha taught that through diligent practice, we can put an end to craving. Ending the hamster-wheel chase after satisfaction is enlightenment (bodhi, "awakened"). The enlightened being exists in a state called Nirvana."

Good luck on Nirvana...

In contrast to Buddhist teachings, the Bible states that there IS an all-powerful, all-knowing Creator God, and that the human condition is in a fallen state - inherently sinful, lost, and in need of a Savior. This is the message in both the Old and New Testaments – that “the heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked, who can know it?”. And again, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God".

The Bible says that all have been stained with sin since the Fall of the first two humans - Adam and Eve. And what have we seen since history began but continual rebellion against God and each other – all due to this inherent sinful nature passed on to each of us.

That rebellion has led mankind to be separated from His Creator, in need of a Redeemer. Buddhism in effect teaches you can save yourself by following the Eight fold path, and enduring through a cycle of re-births to eventually reach nirvana.

Christianity says no, we cannot possible save ourselves - we are all lost, and in need of a Savior. Paul the Apostle writes “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death! I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”(Rom 7:24-25) That Redeemer is Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price for mankind’s sin “once and for all”, bringing all that receive Him back into a right relationship with the Creator through His saving grace (unmerited favor).
Hill Will

Dawsonville, GA

#47 Dec 29, 2012
Buddha, although a very wise teacher, was still a fallen creature like everyone else, and he died. He left some very wise teaching that many follow to improve themselves - but Jesus did the same, and much more.

Not only did Jesus give us some of the wisest teachings ever -not only did He point the way - He WAS "the way, the truth and the life". Only Jesus was the sinless Lamb of God who came in the form of flesh, lived a perfect life, died for us, and then rose again from the dead! Buddha remains in the grave.

Only Jesus rose again - God in human flesh - and paid the price once for the sin of all mankind, so that we could all be made righteous to God. Are their many paths to "get back to the garden"? Not according to the Bible. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6).

"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes (trusts) in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

But a gift is not a gift unless it is received. Each of us remains a free creation, and God will not force His way into our life. We must each choose Him, and receive Him into our life.

Then we are "born again". We become "new creatures" in Christ, and daily take up the cross and follow Him. We live out our lives in surrender to His Spirit, who lives within our hearts. And He perfects us day-by-day as we yield to Him and seek His perfect path for our lives.
Informed Opinion

Lehigh Acres, FL

#48 Dec 29, 2012
Hill Will wrote:
Buddha, although a very wise teacher, was still a fallen creature like everyone else, and he died. He left some very wise teaching that many follow to improve themselves - but Jesus did the same, and much more.

Not only did Jesus give us some of the wisest teachings ever -not only did He point the way - He WAS "the way, the truth and the life". Only Jesus was the sinless Lamb of God who came in the form of flesh, lived a perfect life, died for us, and then rose again from the dead! Buddha remains in the grave.

Only Jesus rose again - God in human flesh - and paid the price once for the sin of all mankind, so that we could all be made righteous to God. Are their many paths to "get back to the garden"? Not according to the Bible. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6).

"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes (trusts) in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

But a gift is not a gift unless it is received. Each of us remains a free creation, and God will not force His way into our life. We must each choose Him, and receive Him into our life.

Then we are "born again". We become "new creatures" in Christ, and daily take up the cross and follow Him. We live out our lives in surrender to His Spirit, who lives within our hearts. And He perfects us day-by-day as we yield to Him and seek His perfect path for our lives.
Good points.

“Optimism”

Since: Dec 12

Blairsville, GA

#49 Jan 2, 2013
A woman in a store began talking to us and invited us to her church in Blairsville. We went and it is a good experience. She and her husband make a point to try and talk to us when we attend. We saw them in Ingles and they were friendly also. I am going to ask her about volunteering and also if there is anywhere I could apply for a part-time job. I miss my church back home.
Fud

Pendergrass, GA

#50 Jan 2, 2013
Hill Will wrote:
Buddha, although a very wise teacher, was still a fallen creature like everyone else, and he died. He left some very wise teaching that many follow to improve themselves - but Jesus did the same, and much more.
Not only did Jesus give us some of the wisest teachings ever -not only did He point the way - He WAS "the way, the truth and the life". Only Jesus was the sinless Lamb of God who came in the form of flesh, lived a perfect life, died for us, and then rose again from the dead! Buddha remains in the grave.
Only Jesus rose again - God in human flesh - and paid the price once for the sin of all mankind, so that we could all be made righteous to God. Are their many paths to "get back to the garden"? Not according to the Bible. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6).
"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes (trusts) in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
But a gift is not a gift unless it is received. Each of us remains a free creation, and God will not force His way into our life. We must each choose Him, and receive Him into our life.
Then we are "born again". We become "new creatures" in Christ, and daily take up the cross and follow Him. We live out our lives in surrender to His Spirit, who lives within our hearts. And He perfects us day-by-day as we yield to Him and seek His perfect path for our lives.
Bet you buy into the whole virgin birth myth too.
Chaos

Hooks, TX

#51 Jan 2, 2013
Fud wrote:
<quoted text>
Bet you buy into the whole virgin birth myth too.
You are about as pleasant as an itchy butt hole.
Bears Way

Dawsonville, GA

#52 Jan 2, 2013
Penelope Ruth wrote:
A woman in a store began talking to us and invited us to her church in Blairsville. We went and it is a good experience. She and her husband make a point to try and talk to us when we attend. We saw them in Ingles and they were friendly also. I am going to ask her about volunteering and also if there is anywhere I could apply for a part-time job. I miss my church back home.
. Do you know Potential Church on Flamingo?

“Optimism”

Since: Dec 12

Blairsville, GA

#53 Jan 2, 2013
Bears Way wrote:
<quoted text>. Do you know Potential Church on Flamingo?
Hi, I do know that area (Cooper City and Stirling Rd). No I have not been to that church but they are truly growing. We liked New Horizon United Methodist. Penni
Thirsty

Jefferson, GA

#54 Jan 2, 2013
Hill Will wrote:
Buddha, although a very wise teacher, was still a fallen creature like everyone else, and he died. He left some very wise teaching that many follow to improve themselves - but Jesus did the same, and much more.
Not only did Jesus give us some of the wisest teachings ever -not only did He point the way - He WAS "the way, the truth and the life". Only Jesus was the sinless Lamb of God who came in the form of flesh, lived a perfect life, died for us, and then rose again from the dead! Buddha remains in the grave.
Only Jesus rose again - God in human flesh - and paid the price once for the sin of all mankind, so that we could all be made righteous to God. Are their many paths to "get back to the garden"? Not according to the Bible. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6).
"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes (trusts) in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
But a gift is not a gift unless it is received. Each of us remains a free creation, and God will not force His way into our life. We must each choose Him, and receive Him into our life.
Then we are "born again". We become "new creatures" in Christ, and daily take up the cross and follow Him. We live out our lives in surrender to His Spirit, who lives within our hearts. And He perfects us day-by-day as we yield to Him and seek His perfect path for our lives.
Well done.
Dud

Pendergrass, GA

#55 Jan 2, 2013
Chaos wrote:
<quoted text>You are about as pleasant as an itchy butt hole.
But the truth shall set you free.
Chaos

Hooks, TX

#56 Jan 2, 2013
Dud wrote:
<quoted text>
But the truth shall set you free.
Nah, but a laxative will.
Oh my

Dahlonega, GA

#57 Jan 3, 2013
Hill Will wrote:
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/blairsville-g...
In contrast to Buddhist teachings, the Bible states that there IS an all-powerful, all-knowing Creator God, and that the human condition is in a fallen state - inherently sinful, lost, and in need of a Savior. This is the message in both the Old and New Testaments – that “the heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked, who can know it?”. And again, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God".

The Bible says that all have been stained with sin since the Fall of the first two humans - Adam and Eve. And what have we seen since history began but continual rebellion against God and each other – all due to this inherent sinful nature passed on to each of us.
Unfortunately, the Bible is a borrowed work constructed from a number of sources and designed for the Jewish community after its return from Babylonian exile. As history it is incapable of representing historical facts more than a few hundred years prior to Babylonian captivity. The prehistory present in the Old Testament is a Hebrew re-interpretation of existing mythology that sets the Hebrew as a chosen people and provides justification for their invasion and expulsion of the Cannanites.

The Fall upends existing creation myths that were present for thousands of years and is particular to only the Hebrew culture. The idea of a Savior is a New Testament invention, the Law governed Hebrew life, and for those works that were written after the return from exile there is a marked Zoroasterian influence.

But hey, this is America and you can believe what you want, even if it does ignore and contradict physical and scientific evidence and research.
Informed Opinion

Naples, FL

#58 Jan 3, 2013
Oh my wrote:
<quoted text>Unfortunately, the Bible is a borrowed work constructed from a number of sources and designed for the Jewish community after its return from Babylonian exile. As history it is incapable of representing historical facts more than a few hundred years prior to Babylonian captivity. The prehistory present in the Old Testament is a Hebrew re-interpretation of existing mythology that sets the Hebrew as a chosen people and provides justification for their invasion and expulsion of the Cannanites.

The Fall upends existing creation myths that were present for thousands of years and is particular to only the Hebrew culture. The idea of a Savior is a New Testament invention, the Law governed Hebrew life, and for those works that were written after the return from exile there is a marked Zoroasterian influence.

But hey, this is America and you can believe what you want, even if it does ignore and contradict physical and scientific evidence and research.
Great post.

It is always interesting to encounter a "non-traditional" or a minority viewpoint on aspects of our culture and our history that we all take for granted, because we were never exposed to contrary beliefs or additional facts.

So much of what we all "know", is mostly, if not completely wrong.
Floridian

Orlando, FL

#59 Jan 3, 2013
Oh my wrote:
<quoted text>
Bla bla bla.(Edited for clarity))
You don't see lots of Lions and Tigers and Bears do you?
blairsville devil

Zephyrhills, FL

#60 Jan 3, 2013
That's good post OH MY.Maybe a few believers will accept something you wrote ,rather than me just saying that it is all fiction.I think the facts are available,it's just the people (mostly in the south) can't or don't want to know the truth, consequently that has affected their status relative to the other parts of the country.The writers of the bibles have been successful in fooling the people the world over.For that they must be recognized as the most successful con artists of all time.If something is to good to be true ,it isn't.I am opposed to the cheating of the gullible by the liars.For god so loved the world ,that he killed nearly all living creatures ,to include women and children.

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