Saturday, September 18, 2010

Top Misunderstandings About Buddhism . . . And the Buddha

Likewise to the misunderstandings about the people that practice Buddhism, there are several prevalent misunderstandings about Buddhism- and the Buddha himself.

Here are a few:

Buddha was . . .
a god
a big, fat, jolly guy
Chinese
the only one
enlightened when he starved himself almost to death.

Buddhism teaches that . . .
everything in life is suffering, and therefore has a very pessimistic view.
you must give away all your possessions.
your soul will be reincarnated.
everyone is punished by their karma.
enlightenment is being blissed out 24/7.

I know there are more out there. What have you encountered?

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