Why don't you robots try Buddhism?
>live in a monastery with other monks
>clean and cook occasionally as your "rent"
>live there for free and eat healthy
>live away from normies and society
>find peace and tranquility
>become enlightened someday
This is fine. There's nothing special to be gained by practicing Buddhism. But for most people on this board (who are not amused with their life) it should be an appealing prospect.
I kinda wanted to learn more about it, I don't see any point in pretending atheism is benefiting me
Not sure why it seems like everyone hates Buddhism, always seemed like a logical way to live based on the limited information I have on it
>Don't fuck with other people
>work to find happiness and purpose in your life
>Don't worry about other people
I'm not gonna stop eating meat though
I think its important to not hide away in a cave. You might run from the devil and his temptations but what happens when the devil comes knocking on your door? And he will find a way. There's a certain strength to be able to resist the demons in their own realm.
Why don't you robutts try Stoicism?
>fostered by Greek and Roman philosophers, warriors, and kings
>reach the maximum capability of your body and mind
>have fun in life
>find peace and tranquility
>find enlightenment every day
It's literally better than any other line of thought.
>I'm not gonna stop eating meat though
that's not really a principle so you're in luck.
even as Buddhist and former atheist, I say to look at all the world's religions, big and small, and see if there's something you can learn and adopt as your own without having to wear a silly hat.
it has temples and monasteries and prayers and deities and various sects, it is literally a religion. not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just that it's one of most adopted religions as a philosophy by agnostics or atheists.
I doubt you really do shit having to do with stoicism.
Stoicism and buddhism, all of them are bs. I don't know if he's the exception, but my uncle claims to be a 'buddhist', meditates, reads lots, all that shit, and he's still a raging 40 year old loser on neetbux. My brother too.
Why should I believe anyone is REALLY doing anything with all this stuff? It seems like all people are the same and nobody changes no matter what beliefs they dedicate themselves to.
Kinda sounds how I live right now but I'm still willing to talk to people on occasion
I'm reading "Island" by Aldous Huxley which seems to be going into it.
Maybe I will, all of my favorite authors are really into it and the philosophy is sound and it actually makes sense unlike with most religions.
>>live in a monastery with other monks
Getting into a western monastery is the hard part. I'm working on it.
Plenty of monasteries in Thailand and other Buddhist countries that will take you in if you can get yourself there.
middleway fags love gentle platitudes like that. it is because they really don't believe in anything and have no conviction. why even call yourself a buddhist? just do away with convention as it serves you no purpose.
Buddhism is about practicing. Practicing the right way of thinking, having the right intentions, the right resolve, putting in the right amount of effort, praciticing the right behavior and seeking wisdom to obtain inner peace and enlightenment which is needed to escape from suffering.
Stoicism seems to be about temperance, moderation in regards to everything. A balanced middle ground for all aspects of life.
There isn't a whole lot to Stoicism, content-wise. We lost a very large amount of Stoic text and outside of its time, it never really caught on as a serious movement. Buddhism has a very rich tradition and a massive amount of very old scripture to draw on.
I spent most of my life considering myself a Stoic before I became a Buddhist. Stoicism is wonderful but it's not a very elegant philosophy. The solution to most of life's obstacles is meeting them head on with pure willpower. It's very hard to maintain. Buddhism is much more rounded a philosophy with very explicit and deep instructions on following its teachings.
Find a monastery nearby or look up monasteries you'd like to join and visit or write them a letter. Ask them what's involved in joining. It will vary from place to place.
If you haven't already done so, the best first step is to find a monastery that will allow you to spend some time living there as a layperson. Pretty much any respectable place will allow you to stay for a week or two. You can get a better feel for what the monastic life is like and whether or not it's the right fit for you. What's your experience with Buddhism/meditation?
reincarnation is for normies by normies, about as believable as 'heaven', and it's used to extend the status quo.
please follow these normie rules and maybe you can have a really nice normie life your next go around.
Live how you want to live then, most people do anyways. And look how that turns out for them, look at the state of the world where the mantra is "whatever, I'll do what I want"
God teaches you to do good because its the right thing to do, its a shame people only do it for the prosepct of a reward i.e. heaven/reincarnation.
Buddhism says those people are born into the animal realm out of the six realms.
>Those born into the animal realm are very basic creatures. They live only to satisfy their animalistic needs. They are incapable of higher thought due to their willful blindness, they are ruled by fear and ignorance and are easily manipulated and controlled.
And of course how you conducted your past life previously affects which realm you'll be born into. Karma etc.
TFW I used to be Buddhist and meditate everyday but simply forgot about it and stopped for some reason, should I start meditating again?
In that case I'd recommend reading up on Buddhism and trying to practice it a bit in your daily life. If you like the results and once you've gotten a bit of meditation practice, arrange to spend a week or two at a monastery to see how you like it.
This book is my usual recommendation for people new to Buddhism or meditation. It's all online, pretty short and the first chapter, "Meditation: Why Should I Bother?" is something I wish I could make everyone on this board sit down and read. If you or anyone else for that matter sees this post then take five minutes and read that first chapter. It will be time well spent and might start you on the path to getting out of the miserable mental hole you're living in.
Buddhist monastics aren't the only monastics, by the way. There are still plenty of Christian monasteries scattered around the world and the life of a Buddhist monk is mostly very similar to that of a Christian monk. Monasteries of any type will expect you to believe in their faith so again, the first step is to read up and see if it's something that fits you.
You guys should be Catholic monks and join a cloistered order like the Carmelite Monks. That way you can be white and still meditate all day.
It definitely relieves a lot of stress, also makes you feel like you have a purpose, to be the best man you can be and treat others fairly. As of right now I really don't give a shit about either
Following the path in everyday life is not a whole lot different than following your meditation object in meditation. When you're meditating, you'll lose focus, you'll be distracted, you'll forget what you were doing. Just like the trick to being a successful meditator is realizing that these things will happen and being resolved to return to your meditation once you realize you've strayed, the trick to being a successful Buddhist is realizing that you're not enlightened yet, you will make mistakes and lapse in your practice and being resolved to return to your practice once you realize you've lapsed.