This is a lengthy post. Read if you dare. 🙂
Up until today, I wanted to say “yes” I am a Buddhist, but I still feel I am lazy about my study…. so could I call myself a Buddhist? I suppose I am…just a lazy one. I am not in a rush, and I take my time trying to absorb thoughts and experiences. Not long ago Soul Pancake on YouTube posted a video about Zach meeting people practicing Buddhism. The goal of the video was to explore Buddhism.
A response by a YouTuber really inspired me to address some issues brought by the post.
The person said:
In Buddhism there is no worship of god at all. It is instead about the individual and the worship of self. Why is this considered a religion? In the old days all religions were about worshipping a god. People back then were appreciative of what they saw around them and were compelled to make offerings to the god who made what they saw. Is religion going to end up being something that has nothing to do with worshipping god anymore?
… it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or RELIGION to figure out that we should connect with each other and be nice and caring and loving. OMG, why is this so profound??!! This should be innate in the human being and it is if people would just take the time to shut off the technology and think about it for a while. You don’t need to chant some universal mantra. Just open your eyes.
- Physical dedications, like altars
- Formalized chanting of religious texts
- Milestone rituals, like funerals
- Monastic communities
Contrary to what has been said, speaking as a Buddhist and owing to self research, Buddhism is not a religion without a history of struggle and clash of differences. Buddhism has had it’s share of active missionaries (like other religions) that have brought Buddhism to the West. Missionaries originally spread Buddhism to other Eastern countries. And I have to agree and also disagree with Rachel Buddeberg: “It seems an entirely modern and Western attempt to redefine Buddhism as a philosophy, compatible with science. That strikes me as a “post-modern maneuver to change people’s perception by changing the language (Wallace Sampson). It stems from an attempt to increase the credibility of Buddhism and Buddhists in an increasingly secular world. It probably also serves to distance Buddhism from critiques of the monotheistic religions.”