buddhist take on fate

be mindfull of your surroundings, but don’t fret over things which are out of your control.

is this the long and short of it? it may be a common misconception to think i can sum up an ideology one sentance, i think of it as punch line philosophy or pop culture philosophy, not real philosophy.

anyway, solely regarding fate, or the events/phenomona which we can control, could this 1st statement sum up the buddhist views?

Inasmuch as saying that “Christians believe Jesus is coming and will make everything all-right” is the sum of Christian philosophy or that “Man is driven by his Will to Power” is the sum of Nietzsche’s philosophy.

If you scratch the surface of any philosophy you can generate pop-philosophical junk but that doesn’t mean that it is an accurate representation.

Yes, possibly in the old days, but alas Buddhist monks have nothing to do but think and write and the volumes of complications grew to over 20,000 pages. Dependent Arising, Conditioned Arising and all the rest. In a nutshell. these state that our karma gives us whatever arises within our life and some theories are very extreme.

I draw from many spiritual traditions, so am not one or the other and exclude all the rest. I am a Christian - Buddhist - Taoist - Agnostic - Deist mix. My main focus of my Buddhist practice is concentrated on the 3 pillars of Buddhism that are common to all schools of Buddhist practice: I’ve settled on the essence of Buddhism and that is what I work on and find much peace with this type of simplified practice.

3 Pillars of Buddhism

1- Practicing mindfulness and meditation to develop peace and self awareness of our own true nature.

2- Accepting the liberating wisdom of impermanence and practicing non-clinging and a lessening of craving and desires.

3- The development of compassion for others.

Buddhists are not required to believe or not believe in God, so anyone can make use of this philosophy irrespective of their religious beliefs or lack thereof. In addition to the 3 pillars, we can use the eightfold path to guide us. Within the 3 pillars and the eightfold path are a lifetime of practice. No need to get lost in endless debate and spend you precious time in idle talk that only serves to massage one ego. Plenty of work to do right here, right now, unless we prefer to keep our minds distracted through our perpetual complexities we are so addicted to. We do need to give some thought of the ‘right’ way to live as the eightfold path tells us, so we should never try and be devoid of thought in our lives, but instead look for a balance and let thought serve us for once.

The Eightfold Path

  1. Right View
  2. Right Intention
  3. Right Speech
  4. Right Action
  5. Right Livelihood
  6. Right Effort
  7. Right Mindfulness
  8. Right Concentration

How can you differentiate right from wrong? By peace. You learn what destroys your peace and the peace of others as well as what promotes you inner peace and the inner peace of others. Do you need a teacher for that? Or the Pope to tell you? Or just listen to peace as the best teacher?

The 5 precepts are the ‘commandments’ more or less for Buddhists. Although you are not commanded to do a thing. If you wish to live at peace, then proceed the best you can - but it is your choice.

The Five Precepts

  1. Refrain from Killing:
  2. Refrain from Stealing:
  3. Refrain from Sexual Misconduct:
  4. Refrain from False Speech:
  5. Refrain from the Use of Intoxicants:

I came to Buddhism slowly through my studies about 1999. My earliest exposure was from Thich Nhat Hanh, Allen Watts and the Dalai Lama. I practice for inner peace, but also it might be termed enlightenment. Buddhism provides this tool, which is just one out of the many tools I use for peace development. For once we have found a contentment within and with all and are at peace - we are progressing on the road to enlightenment. You can also tell when you have “arrived” by your practice telling you so. Does your practice revolve around actually practicing what you have learned to generate peace within or are you on a never ending journey of always looking and never finding?

Once I am at peace, I can share with others about finding peace for themselves, which is the secondary reason I practice. I have no interest in practicing Buddhism for extinguishing reincarnation. These “fear based” reasons for being a Buddhist are not authentic or natural - the persons actions are based on fear or negative consequences otherwise they would not do them. My actions are based on inner peace and if I stray - there goes my peace - it is my choice. I enjoy life and realize that due to natural law, suffering comes about as part of the process. The Taoists have a saying for this, “fleas come with the dog.” So, I accept there are growth pains as a fair trade off for the privilege of living and I would enjoy any reincarnation if given the chance. Buddhism helps makes this trade off of life and pain more in my favor by lending me support to live a life at peace. I do not practice Buddhism to earn merit for the next life - I practice Buddhism for my own peace generation in THIS LIFE.

I’d like to point out that my views are not the orthodox or traditional vies on these subjects. As I mention in my disclaimer at the end of my posts, I am a Christian - Buddhist mix of beliefs as well as a few others, so this mix is what get expressed in my posts. The orthodox view of Buddhist beliefs can be summed up in a meditation on the three liberation’s. By meditating on emptiness, formlessness and passionlessness, this will allow you, with a few lifetimes of diligent practice, to recognize the three liberation’s of the ego and the dharma as being empty, the dharma as formless and this eventually the recognition of living is an unworthy desire as our existence is characterized by suffering. So, please do not think I speak for anyone other than ‘myself’ with whatever I write. Of course, traditional Buddhists also believe there is no ‘my’ or ‘self’ so, I guess it really doesn’t matter in that case.

Good Luck,

V (Male)

For free access to my earlier posts on voluntary simplicity, compulsive spending, debting, compulsive overeating and clutter write: vfr44@aol.com. Any opinion expressed here is that of my own and is not the opinion, recommendation or belief of any group or organization.

Go to Tibet and work on developing psychic power, also, vfr. :sunglasses: