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"No-Self" is inaccurate[edit]

Nowhere does the Buddha say that there is no self. He merely lists many things that are NOT self.— Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

Secular buddhism movement[edit]

Hi. I first would like to congratulate you people, I think this article is pretty good with a certainly uncommon balance on criticism and facts. I also want to suggest the inclusion of the Secular Buddhism movement, which is a movement of several atheist and positivist people who consider themselves Buddhists an adopt Buddhist ethics and philosophy disregarding all the metaphysical and supernatural elements or taking them as purely metaphorical representations of more rational explanations. For example reject karma and re-incarnation as something literal or the existence of unproven supernatural beings, or to consider re-incarnation more like genetic memory and "the seed of bad or good karma in the mind" does not refers to a magical supernatural force like the popular depiction of karma but to the accumulation of good or bad emotions in the subconscious mind due to our actions that might eventually lead to positive or negative psychological reactions in the future. -- (talk) 09:37, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello there. You seem quite knowledgeable on the topic. Why don't you start a section on this page for it yourself? Feel free to create an account if you like. Bongolian (talk) 17:28, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
Well if there's no problem I will. I already edit in TV Tropes and Wikipedia so I'm reluctant to add another wiki to the list lol, but I may create an account for this matter. Thanks. -- (talk) 20:10, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Wheel of Dharma Display Problem[edit]

On my computer, the image on the page displays only 4 of the 8 spokes. If I click on the image to open it in its own page, I can see all eight. Am I the only one with this problem? 𝒮𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓃𝑒 talk 15:01, 8 August 2021 (UTC)

It displays all 8 on my computer. Bongolian (talk) 17:18, 8 August 2021 (UTC)
i got 4 on mine. maybe you get a spoke removed as you get closer to enlightenment, and in the mean time get to be reincarnated something good. still seeing all eight? its like you are not even trying. dunno what you've done bongolian, but the wheel is like santa - its knows what you did. gonna suck for you in your next life AMassiveGay (talk) 20:06, 8 August 2021 (UTC)
@AMassiveGay Exactly! From Serene’s case we know that clicking on the wheel sends you further away from enlightenment. Thus, what we should notice as the spokes decrease in number, and we get closer to enlightenment, is a markedly reduced risk of self-immolation. Hence Serene and Bongolian are currently fire hazards for this site!—act accordingly.
I’ll further speculate that the ancient youth practice called ‘spin the bottle’ is a primitive form of the wheel. I’m thinking of adding it to the article … any thoughts‽ LeucippusSalva veritate 21:15, 8 August 2021 (UTC)

Some more topics to cover[edit]

  1. When Siddharta returned to his home kingdom, he converted his father the king, the rest of his family, and many noblemen, making them monks/nuns. Does anyone know what they did with their property, esp. treasures? Since they didn't need them anymore...
  2. The existence of Buddhist pseudo-science/woo. I once read in a pop-history book (just titled "Buddha", which admittedly doesn't help much) that he allegedly had claimed somewhere that e.g. any glass of water contained ten thousands of microbes, and people should sleep in beds aligned north-south, because of the magnetic field of the Earth or so. Implying that he had had this knowledge long before modern science.
  3. Oh, and: Does calling Siddharta Gautama "Buddha" imply that you accept him to be a kind of higher being? Like with the difference re: "Jesus" and "Christ"?

--Max Sinister (talk) 06:50, 3 December 2022 (UTC)

Strength of Buddhism in Japan[edit]

I'm raising this question because I added how Buddhism was the religion of most Japanese during WW2, but it was removed. yes, Shintoism was the state religion at that time. But: We aren't talking about Abrahamitic religions here, with their exclusive, jealous deity. That's important because many Japanese are in fact both, Shinto and Buddhist. As a common saying there goes, "Every Japanese is Shinto when he is born, a Christian when he marries and a Buddhist when he dies."

My point stays: "Imperial Japan committing many war crimes surpassed by few other nations, despite being majority Buddhist."

What do you say?--Max Sinister (talk) 09:18, 8 December 2022 (UTC)

Buddhism has militaristic and pacifistic currents, as all religions do. Islam for instance isn't the violent religion of superstitious savages xenophobes make it out to be, but neither is it the "religion of peace." Neither Buddhism nor Islam are special in that regard. Vee (talk) 09:27, 8 December 2022 (UTC)
That's something I can live with, as long as the Japanese crimes in WW2 aren't ignored. Or Buddhism is solely depicted as "religion of peace".--Max Sinister (talk) 14:38, 10 December 2022 (UTC)

Inaccurate translation of 5 precepts[edit]

Hello I am someone who has been practicing Buddhism for 3 years now and I can say that the current translations of the 5 precepts is not accurate and a closer translation to the original Pali is the following:

1. Abstain from killing.

2. Abstain from stealing.

3. Abstain from sexual misconduct.

4. Abstain from wrong speech.

5. Abstain from the use of intoxicating substances that cause inattent — Unsigned, by: Disk-kun / talk / contribs

I have little knowledge about Buddhism, but I'm afraid your text really look like well-formed English.Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 19:55, 31 January 2023 (UTC)
Please explain what you mean by well formed English Disk-kun (talk) 19:56, 31 January 2023 (UTC)
It does not read like it was written by a native English speaker. For example "inattent" is not an English word. (Also please remember to indent correctly).Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 20:00, 31 January 2023 (UTC)
I've revised the text and cited a Buddhist website (Tricycle). Bongolian (talk) 20:02, 31 January 2023 (UTC)
Just checked Inattent is a typo by me it is suppose to be intentions. — Unsigned, by: Disk-kun / talk / contribs