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August 21st, 2006, 05:20 PM
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My boyfriend and I are both agnostic. We both come from very religious families. Together we have discovered we like some of the philosophies of Zen and Buddhism. I like the idea that we control ourselves and our actions (destiny if you want to put it that way). I like the idea that death is just a return to the earth we came from. I like the idea that living right means just realizing that your actions affect everyone and everything around you and you have to make choices that won't upset the balance or negatively affect others because when you hurt someone you also hurt yourself. I like meditation because it lets me take a breather and step back from the frustrations of daily life. So i guess my biggest thing is that it lets me teach morals and values without teaching about repercussions from a higher power if you "screw up". I tried to explain this to bf's family and I think they kind of got it. Does anybody else enjoy Zen and Buddhist philosophy?
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August 21st, 2006, 07:21 PM
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I feel much the same way you do. I like that we are in control of ourselves and soley responsible for our actions. I also like the return to earth thing. I really want to be burried under a tree...no coffin or anything...though I think it is illegal in pretty much every state. It would just be nice to be food for the worms and the growing plants. We are just a lump of nutrients anyway. I am drawn to the peacefulness of buddhism as well...how they are so calm and one with nature, but the structure of it turns me off. I could never really practice it.
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August 22nd, 2006, 07:30 AM
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My DH introduced me to these ideas and pricinples.. I try to discuss them on the spirituality boards.. but I would love to here too.
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August 22nd, 2006, 09:25 AM
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I think there is value to the meditation/calming part... just leave out the spirituality stuff.
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August 22nd, 2006, 11:39 PM
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I guess to the casual observor, I could pass as Buddist. Although I don't think any of us are in complete control of life, I do think we are in complete control of what actions we take in any given situation. I definitely do not think there is any sort of god or goddess controlling my life and my actions. I see death as the end of a life. I like the idea, as Kath mentioned, of being allowed to become food for the bugs. "Circle of life" as they said on Lion King. I can't say I believe we "return" to the ground because we were never made from ground. That's a common religious myth; I wonder why it's so popular. <---thinking face
I completely agree with this part "I like the idea that living right means just realizing that your actions affect everyone and everything around you and you have to make choices that won't upset the balance or negatively affect others because when you hurt someone you also hurt yourself". Finally, I'm interested in learning about meditation. I could use some help relaxing sometimes.

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August 23rd, 2006, 06:44 AM
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I can't say I believe we "return" to the ground because we were never made from ground. That's a common religious myth; I wonder why it's so popular. <---thinking face[/b]
Life comes from the ground, in a "circle of life" sense. Plants come from the Earth, animals and humans eat plants, we go into the ground, and the process starts over. Of course, plants can do the whole process without us... we are just along for the ride.
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