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What's a really cool and enlightened spiritual path or belief system?

I’ve always been interested in Buddhism. I’m not a Buddhist, but that school of thought has always fascinated me. I guess that I don’t know how to ask the question. I’m seeking enlightenment and spiritual (something?). I’ve even read that meditation is a way to get in touch with your spirit, and to temporarily be a part of the Oneness of the Universe.
My favorite quote of all time is:
“The Zen Master said to the hot dog vendor, “Make me One with Everything.”
I was completely fascinated with Eastern religion and philosophy ever since then. Other religious schools are interesting too. I just feel like I want to figure it all out.

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  1. When asked how the world started, who/what created the universe, the Buddha is said to have kept silent because in Buddhism there is no beginning and no end. Instead, there is an endless circle of birth and death. One would have to ask what kind of Being created us to live, endure so much pain and suffering, and then die over and over again? It may cause one to contemplate, what is the point, why bother? Christians know that God sent His Son to die for us, one time, so that we do not have to suffer for an eternity. He sent His Son to give us the knowledge that we are not alone and that we are loved. Christians know there is more to life than suffering, and dying, “… but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10).
    Buddhism teaches that Nirvana is the highest state of being, a state of pure being, and it is achieved by means relative to the individual. Nirvana defies rational explanation and logical ordering and therefore cannot be taught, only realized. Jesus’ teaching on heaven, in contrast, was quite specific. He taught us that our physical bodies die but our souls ascend to be with Him in heaven (Mark 12:25). The Buddha taught that people do not have individual souls, for the individual self or ego is an illusion. For Buddhists there is no merciful Father in heaven who sent His Son to die for our souls, for our salvation, to provide the way for us to reach His glory. Ultimately, that is why Buddhism is to be rejected.

  2. try kabbalah its not really a religion but philosophy!
    the law of attraction is very effective you should read the secret which is a book or watch the documentary you wont regret it!
    😉

  3. Your avatar is awesome!
    I don’t know whether or not this is what you’re looking for, but Unitarian Universalism is comprised of people from all different faith paths, as well as atheists and humanists.
    You might be able to find information on Eastern spirituality through your local UU centre/church.

  4. Caveat Lector doesn’t understand, but I forgive her.
    I’m a Zen Buddhist, I recently learned that Zen is Mahayana Sect. I mostly just do what feels right to me and stick to the fundamentals. You don’t have to be Buddhist to meditate by the way, and it is really good for you.
    Just shop around, and find the one that feels right to you! Good Luck!
    P.S. Hilarious joke!

  5. Read Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. He founded Self-Realization Fellowship, which believes in the essential unity behind all religions, and teaches meditation techniques whereby one can have actual experiences of God as peace, love, and joy.

  6. I support this.
    Cant be too much help exept to say go and look for yourself and find it. I know a little about Buddhism’s basic fundamentals and, to me, they make more sense.
    at least they dont go “holy roller” on everyone else and take every opportunity to slam you for inspecting life….

  7. I practice Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. It’s from Japan. Founded by Nichiren Daishonin. I have been practicing for about six years now. I really like the teachings. Most of the teaching are believed to be from Shakyamuni Buddha. The teaching basically compiled from the beginning to the end of the life of Shakyamuni, the founder of all Buddhist sect.

  8. How does something temporarily make you one with the universe? If you are in fact a conscious part of the whole (and of course you are), then it does not stop being true just because you stop focusing your attention on it.
    I would recommend you get a copy of Alan Watts’ book, “The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are.”

  9. If you’re interested in buddhism, hinduism has similar roots and values. I had to ignore the “strange” names at first because it got confusing for my western mind, but the underlying principles are very beautiful, and once I began to understand those, the rest made much more sense.
    Definitely worth learning about if you are into eastern philosophy and religion.
    Edit: I do not belong to any religion (although I do study at a buddhist temple) but I enjoy learning about as many religions and philosophies as possible in order to understand human culture and history in more depth, and to form my own set of beliefs.

  10. I do one style of meditation and what I can say is that- choose the style which brings changes in you outside the window when you are meditating. Also Buddhism was started at a time in India when too much ritualism happened in India in the name of God. So there is less emphasis on divine. However that part is necessary because without the aspects of love and joy and of union with divine, meditation is dry and not nourishing.
    Choose a meditation whose principle is based on religion within.

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