Is it possible to adhere to Buddhism and continue to attend Church?


Is it possible to adhere to Buddhism and continue to attend Church?

Previously, for me, Buddhism was just something I read, but I had already forgotten in school, as well as on Wikipedia. This is the Lama, whom everyone tries to appease with milk, the lovely drums of the Ivolginsky datsan. As we are told, Buddhism is not a faith. It's more like a philosophy that I really like. Buddha is not God. A Buddha is a person who has begun to observe the world closely. I am very proud that a couple of years ago I was able to reach the truth on my own. I won't bore you for long. I'll try to be helpful. Let's find the answer to the question of whether it is possible to adhere to Buddhism and continue to attend Church. Today it is quite relevant and many people will be interested to know the answer. So, is it possible to practice Buddhism and be a good Christian? Obviously. For each of us, balance is important. Many believe that if they have converted to Buddhism, they can no longer attend Church. In fact, it is worth answering the question, what does the ceremony of taking refuge mean, and does It mean that you have now become a Buddhist in the same sense as it happens when you convert to Christianity, for example, to Baptist? Of course, I do not believe that these are equivalent concepts. I have great confidence that the spiritual path we follow is personal. People who walk with dirty red threads around their necks (especially if the number of these threads exceeds 20-30 pieces), at least look strange. I would compare them to the Ubangi Africans who wear metal rings around their necks. I want these threads to always be with You? Why not just keep them in your wallet or pocket? I believe that there is absolutely no need to demonstrate what we are doing, just as there is no need to assume that we cannot attend Church or that such actions would threaten our commitment to Buddhism.

When a person only turns to Buddhism, he is alarmed by many things. Uncertainty arises from the fact that the feeling of comfort has not yet come. For this reason, to justify our choice of spiritual path, we feel on a psychological level that we cannot go to Church and cannot accept our past as something positive. This is the great mistake and the most important mistake. There is no doubt that if we sincerely follow the Buddhist spiritual path, then we must make every effort to do so. However, nothing contradicts the practice of Christian love. There is nothing forbidden in the fact that we are inspired by great Christians like Mother Teresa and try to help those in need, as she did. There is no contradiction in this. How could this be contradictory?

For people who practice meditation, as well as other Buddhist practices, there is also no reason to believe that they should not attend Church. If there are circumstances that require You to do this, then there is no problem.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with going to Church as a Buddhist practitioner. Only there will we be able to psychologically and internally feel more whole person. This allows you to come to terms with your past, which is very useful!

04.07.2020 04:22:40
If we talk about the Church as something that is not present in Buddhism, I should note that in Buddhism there are also monasteries, in Buddhist temples and monasteries people pray and kneel. Therefore, there is no need for a Church as a place for prayer.
Also, the quality of the prayer experience for Buddhists and Christians is completely different.
When Christians pray, they always have a specific recipient.
For us (Buddhists), prayer is rather a meditation, a reflection, when a person is immersed in himself.
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04.07.2020 04:28:30

I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that throughout the history of our country, Buddhists and Christians have quietly coexisted in different regions for centuries and there is no potential for conflicts between us.

04.07.2020 04:53:15
By the way, speaking of sacred places of worship - there are many of them in Buddhism .
It is believed that the Buddha himself identified cities as places of pilgrimage:
-where he was born — Kapilavatthu;
— where did you achieve the highest enlightenment-Gaia;
-where he first preached — Benares;
-where I entered Nirvana-Kusinagara.
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