I guess most of you are atheists and sceptical towards religion but buddhism really helped me to get through the absolute shit I was in. I am still deppressed virgin loser but definitely not that much as I used to be. So what are your thought about buddhism. Any particular reason not to try it?
I don't agree with the core facets. It's not bad to enjoy life or indulge in things. Karma is not real/consistent. Reincarnation is incredibly unlikely to be real too.
The only thing I agree with is: the root of all suffering is desire.
>It's not bad to enjoy life or indulge in things
Nothing in life gives you permanent happiness, only temporary happiness. There's a reason why all these rich, attractive celebrities resort to taking drugs. If you acquire anything, you become afraid to lose it (which ends up causing more grief than joy).
The only way to achieve eternal bliss is to completely distance yourself from the material world. If you have nothing to lose, you have nothing to worry about. It's the reason why some poor person living in a slum can enjoy their life more than a relatively rich wage slave in a wealthy country.
I would actually say that buddhism is pretty selfish religion/philosophy when compared to the others. It can't help with your empathy but it mainly focused on your view of the world and the suffering in your life. Sure dalailama says a lot about compassion and shit but I think it is secondary.
I would say that Karma and Reincarnation aren't thatimportant in practice of buddhism. Try zen.
>It can't help with your empathy
As with most religion its a guide, it tells you to be compassionate. As with everything in this world you have to put in effort to see the fruits of your labor.
If you wanted to improve your empathy go out and help others in need. Go to Africa and live as they live, experience as they do, suffer as they suffer and you'll develop empathy.
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I did all that but I was never able to feel anything for someone but myself :(
Honestly being among people irl is exhausting they are always expecting you to act a certain way or say certain things and I just don't care blabout them, not at all :(
I don't see religion as anything better just more pointless rules :p
Join Islam you infedel. There are no rules except to serve Allah.
You have empathy. You're aware of it, and you deliberately ignore it because you're scared of what would happen if you made yourself vulnerable by expressing compassion. You just say you lack empathy to be edgy. Stop being a teenager.
I don't tho, I'm 23 :( I just never been able to feel anything for anyone :( stop talking that way about me ;( you know nothing about me :p it really pisses me off.
Do you have any idea what it's like having to pretend all day? :( I get shunned each time I'm sincere:( I'm forced to listen to hours upon hours of complaining by people that like me but I can't like back at all :(
You are just a stupid American weeabo aren't you :( chin chon I meditate like naruto :( you are American act like one :p
Well fuck you :( lest see if you can meditate for 80 days like buda did ;) you will literally reincarnate if you do it :) millions of starved retards that die everyday for religion can't be wrong :) go ahead join them were you belong :)
actually I'll approach this with the right intentions, right view, right wisdom, right resolve, right actions etc as specified in the guidelines and that would include not entertaining your silly notions.
no Buddhism teaches you that not everyone can be saved, not everyone even wants to be saved. Its a pointless crusade to try to force a horse to drink water.
The only way to find inner peace is by making the journey yourself.
There is nothing to overcome tho :( I'm just wired this way :) I know its hard to get my point across especially when so many teenagers post here but its true :( its just the way I am :)
call me a cynic but i've heard the phrase i've tried all my life far too many times to fully believe it.
I'll give you an example of trying hard and failing. Someone who is trying to put on muscle. They go to the gym lift heavier than everyone put in more effort than everyone. But they can't seem to put on muscle. Why? Not from lack of trying but because not using their brains for lack of better word. Instead of eating enough he just lifts weight. What i'm trying to say is you might be trying but are you doing it right? No point giving 100% when all that effort is being put into the wrong thing.
The first step of Buddhism requires wisdom.
TL;DR chasing your tail
Well no, I never tried really :( not in that sense at least :p
Looking back at my life I never cared about anyone but myself, I treated others howevever I pleased with no regards for their emotions or well being :( but it just came natural :p
It didn't really hit me until college, I tryed really hard to be liked, doing wathever I wanted just didn't fly by :( and people liked me too they called me their friend :) except I never felt anything for them, it felt good to be accepted and hanging out was fun at first but I had to watch over my shoulder all the time ( couldn't let anything wrong slip :( they smiled and greeted me but I had to force myself to do the same ;p
At the end I cut contact and never looked back, I didn't feel the need to :p