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How do you become a Buddhist?

I am a vegan and for some reason I am seriously considering becoming a Buddhist. How do you proceed beside knowing the material? Can you just step into a Temple ? Also is Taoism complementary to Buddhism?
Thanks for your time.

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  1. If one want to become a Buddhist they must declare their allegiance to Buddha.
    Mind is your ship, the Spirit is your pilot, the human will is captain. The master of the mortal vessel should have the wisdom to trust the divine pilot to guide the ascending soul into the harbors of eternal survival. Only by selfishness, slothfulness, and sinfulness can the will of man reject the guidance of such a loving pilot and eventually wreck the mortal career upon the evil shoals of rejected mercy and upon the rocks of embraced sin. With your consent, this faithful pilot will safely carry you across the barriers of time and the handicaps of space to the very source of the divine mind and on beyond, even to the Paradise Father.

  2. become one with yourself and the world around you. be at peace with your past. be relaxed and calm. some use meditation.
    my friend is Buddhist, thats how she practices. mainly just be yourself, and kind to the world around you. in some belief styles; you are no better than the creatures around you. meaning: you are not supirior to any living thing. at least thats what those styles practice.]
    Im not for sure, but i think that Taoism and Buddhism are two different ways of beliefs but were practiced side by side in early china.. (i studied chinese)

  3. You should have asked, “How do you get to Broadway?”
    The answer to both: Practice, practice, practice.
    P.S. Buddhism may seem enticing because of its friendliness to vegans (at least that’s been my experience as a vegetarian Buddhist) but Buddhists only go so far as to view such as a something quite nice. It is not critical to the religion, whereas other outlooks are. China is home to many, many Buddhists. It is also home to the Five Flavors of Death in Orange Sauce, many portions of which are made by good and devout Buddhists.

  4. To be a Buddhist, one must willingly take refuge under three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Once taken refuge under Buddha, one must not take refuge under any other worldly Gods again.
    Refuge’s meaning is to rely and lean upon the teachings of the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha to get to the other side, the other bank of Salvation.
    Refuge is not same as “declare the allegiance to Buddha” that is too forceful, by rather understand the importance of relying on the knowledge and teachings of the Buddha, and willing to accept and to submit to the teachings, since he is the only known and experienced coach.
    One must also understand even though Buddha’s Body is dead, but his mind had lived on, and we as his Great great great grand-students, when achieved certain level in our mind trainings, we are still able to have mental communion with him as though he is still alive today.
    Taoism is actually a very close in practice theories as compare with Buddhism; in early day of Buddhism in China, all Buddhism Sutras used the Taoism terminologies to explain terminologies of Buddhism.
    All of the translated Sutras using the same terms to express similar ideas between Buddhism and Taoism even today; although they are very closed in understanding of the truth, But Buddhism is closer to the Truth, and achieve higher mental level than Taoism.

  5. Buddhism is fundamentally a practice tradition, not a faith tradition.
    The Buddha referred to his teachings as a “system of training” that cultivates wisdom, compassion, generosity, kindness, and clarity.
    So if you’d like to become a Buddhist and cultivate the fruits of Buddhism, all you need to do is practice Buddhist meditation techniques. You don’t have to believe anything, pray to anyone or thing, or shave your head. Just practice.
    The easiest way to learn meditation is by going to a Buddhist center, getting instruction, and participating together with the people there. Here’s a list of Buddhist centers around the world:
    http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/
    If there’s not a center near you, there are several good resources on the Internet. Here’s a great, short video that teaches the basics of meditation:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csyCrcpDs58&feature=channel_page
    And here’s the best source of information on the Web:
    http://buddhanet.net/e-learning/index.htm
    Taoism is indeed complementary to Buddhism. And, in fact, the Zen Buddhist tradition appeared as a result of the merging of Taoist practices and Indian Buddhist practices. If you’re interested in both Buddhism and Taoism, you might be most at home in the Zen tradition.
    Best wishes on your path!

  6. Q- How do you become a Buddhist?
    A- One would learn more and more about the Buddha’s teachings (Dhamma) because they are very deep. One prefers to surf the internet for its endless information or to read books. One may discuss with friends who have the real knowledge.
    It is important to make certain that you really learn the core of Buddhism which is the Four Noble Truths especially Dukkha and the Noble Eightfold Path (= Threefold Training = Satipathana). This religion, similar to other religions, has several branches. Each individual branch has several schools, several monasteries, and several teachers. Everyone will tell you that they follow the Pali Canon but they may teach you differently. Some teachings are obviously distorted from the genuine Buddha’s teachings. Some involve with extra knowledge, which is unnecessary for reaching the Enlightenment (Nibbana).
    Q- How do you proceed beside knowing the material?
    A- One then practices his teachings that one understands from the study. Another words, one puts his teachings to the test whether they are true or not. Soon, one will decide by oneself whether one becomes a Buddhist. There is no ritual, rite, or conversion to be a Buddhist.
    Q- Can you just step into a Temple ?
    A- Anyone can just step into the Temple without any appointment to speak with monks or laypersons. This is another good way to learn about Buddhism. But it is always courteous to call before you visit them. Monks also have monastic duties to perform.
    Q- Also is Taoism complementary to Buddhism?
    A- Taoism is not Buddhism.
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  7. Well i’ve mostly heard that in countries like Taiwan and china that someone who’s buddhist is more often taoist as well so yes they are complementary.
    I do believe most temples have meditation classes or basically days for introductory sessions. It depends on the branch taught, and also the fact that there are many temples who try to appease all sects (which i’m not fond of because some sects maybe neglected).
    I’d say look up the temples website (most of them have one) and on there it should point you to their personal procedure.
    I’m vegan, you don’t have to be vegan to be buddhist but its healthy and kind to the environment so good job.
    Well after knowing the material it might be good to pick a sect that you lean towards since they have different emphasis then within that sect read intermediate works and ideas.
    Also Meditate! Meditate! Meditate!
    It’s not neccesary to meditate for long periods of time neccesarily (like an hour – 10-20 minutes is fine) the most important thing is consistency. You can’t cram in meditation so plan at least 3 times a week (preferably more) to meditate and make sure you do it.
    There is always more to learn so you can always get more intricate in your studies, going to a temple can be a good thing but don’t rely too heavily on it, there are also retreats (and for each sect too).
    Best of luck, feel free to message me if you need any more help – i’m trying to find the search engine that i stumbled across a few months back that searchs for buddhist temples in your local area. I’ll try to get it to you!

  8. Technically, to official be a Buddhist, you need to take refuge in the three jewels. According to the Venerable Master Sheng yen, one of the more famous living teachers of Chinese Zen Buddhism, one needs to take refuge in the Three Jewels. He wrote:
    “…One must take refuge in the Three Jewels. The significance of this ritual is very much the same as that of a royal coronation, the inauguration of a president, or the admission of a new member to a political party. It is an expression of loyalty from the bottom of one’s heart, a zealous promise, a prayer out of admiration, a new life, and a pious taking of sanctuary. Therefore, Buddhism stresses the importance of taking refuge. Without taking refuge, even if one believes in and worships the Buddha one remains a noncommitted student of Buddhism, an auditor who never registered for class.”
    He continues on to say,
    “Taking refuge is these three can lead one to the jewels of peace of body and mind in the short term and liberation from samsara or even to Buddhahood in the long term. That is why they Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are called Jewels, and why having faith in Buddhism is called, “taking refuge in the Tree Jewels.””
    From: “Orthodox Chinese Buddhism – A Contemporary Chan Mater’s Answers to Common Questions.” By Chan Master Sheng Yen; Copyright 2007 Dharma Drum Publications.
    The ‘basic’ Mahayana refuge vow for lay people is as follows:
    * I take refuge in the Buddha, wishing for all sentient beings to understand the great Way profoundly and make the greatest resolve.
    * I take refuge in the Dharma, wishing for all sentient beings to delve deeply into the Sutra Pitaka, causing their wisdom to be as broad as the sea.
    * I take refuge in the Sangha, wishing all sentient beings to lead the congregation in harmony, entirely without obstruction.
    Taking refuge is becoming more and more important to help differentiate between ‘Buddhists’ and people that study Buddhist philosophy. Many people in the west are under the mistaken perception that Buddhism is only a philosophy and not a true religion…they are mistaken. Buddhists are adherents to the religion of Buddhism however, there are many people that study Buddhist philosophy but remain Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, etc. These individuals are NOT Buddhists, just as a person that only half-heartedly dabbles in the dharma isn’t really a Buddhist. One must embrace the Buddha and his teachings and those that offer these teachings in order to truly be a Buddhist.
    I hope this helps.

  9. You say to yourself “I am a Buddhist”.
    There, it’s done. You are now a Buddhist. Of course actually being a Buddhist, as opposed to just becoming one, is going to take a little effort. Read. Vistit some retreat centres and temples until you find one that feels right for you. Learn to meditate.
    No rush. Take it at your own pace.

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