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      karma- essentially every action has an equal reaction. there are different ways to interpret this. the buddha taught about karma in this life. this kind of karma is a factual thing that cannot be denied. i'll give a hypothetical example to explain: if a person steals something they will worry they will be caught. this worry is a negative feeling and could be called negative karma. doing bad things like this create people that do not like this person and even if they don't know who the person is it has created negative feelings in them which will effect the world through their actions. the more negative actions someone does the more worry and guilt they accrue. they also build up more and more people that don't like them and may cause them problems. this is concrete. doing many bad things affects a person negatively emotionally and usually affects the physical world in ways that are problematic for them as well. the next i will say is plausible, but it's a theory more than anything: a thief may forget their crimes but later in life they may worry again when reminded of what they stole or subconsciously set themselves up to be stolen from out of repressed guilt by leaving their wallet on a car seat with the doors unlocked or something similar. the buddha described us as containing a storehouse of past karmas. this could be likened to the subconscious mind. we create consequences and results for ourselves based on our actions. karma is described as an ever changing thing that builds on itself. this kind of thought can be applied to any action we take.

      good karma is obvious, an example: help your neighbor rake his/her leaves and they will be likely to help you in the future. do good things and people will like you more and you won't worry as much. etc.

      now there is also karma that is more mystical in explanation. the idea that we cycle through different realms of existence and have been doing so for an unknowable, seemingly infinite amount of time is tied to this kind of karma. our actions from past lives affect our current lives. when bad things happen to good people it is because they are reaping what they have sown in previous life times. let's say there is a nice man who is a manager at a restaurant. he is kind to the employees beneath him and always has been. but the manager above him is very mean to him, the likely explanation is that probably he was a mean manager in a past life.

      now karma keeps going and we keep making more. karma is also what keeps us here in the six realms. the eightfold path is the key to creating no new karma. following it creates only good and neutral karma. thus if a person dies before reaching enlightenment they are likely to be reborn in circumstances that are positive and conducive to practicing buddhism and achieving it's goals. after a person has achieved enlightenment using this path they create no new karma whatsoever and are therefore free from the cycle.

      the explanations of rebirth are pretty predictable. for example when asked how to be reborn and meet and marry the same person again the buddha simply explained that a couple should be very good to each other in this life and this love and devotion would make them meet again in the next. i will write a post specifically to explain rebirth soon.
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      the story predicting jesus

      there is a story that floats around the internet where the buddha tells a brahmin that there will be a savior in the future and when he comes about people should follow him and forget buddhism. the savior is described exactly as jesus in every way except for actually just saying his name. a journalist asked monks from many different temples about this and to check their canons and none of them had ever heard or read anything like this. this is simply the result of confused christians trying to convert people with lies. ironically they do not realize that one can be buddhist and christian with no conflict. indeed there is a large movement for this ranging from non denominational christian-buddhists to even catholic-buddhists going so far as to have gatherings and events. there are pictures of priests and ministers alongside buddhist monks. whoever made up this story didn't do their home work and came up with a story in an attempt to cancel out an ancient and very beneficial belief system. if they had only read a little more they would have realized buddhism is no more a threat to christianity than taking a class on psychology.
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      I once heard of a christian priest who was also a zen priest, though I never checked to see if this was true.
      157 is a prime number. The next prime is 163 and the previous prime is 151, which with 157 form a sexy prime triplet. Taking the arithmetic mean of those primes yields 157, thus it is a balanced prime.

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      Quote Originally Posted by stonedape View Post
      I once heard of a christian priest who was also a zen priest, though I never checked to see if this was true.
      wow that's really cool! sounds plausible. strangely in many sects of buddhism there are priests who perform holy tasks such as weddings, funerals and blessings but in the original teachings there is none of this. when people died they didn't do anything. the buddha didn't marry people or teach how this should be done and he didn't bless anything. these things were outside of his teachings, technically they aren't related directly to what he taught and were all left to whatever government or religious bodies were around at the time and were up to the people involved to decide.
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      I hear when people die in monasteries they hang them up so everyone will see them; some others float them in water. To teach impermanence. It also has a sort of effect of waking you up, to what you are right now as a form of life. Roadkill does the same thing for me.
      157 is a prime number. The next prime is 163 and the previous prime is 151, which with 157 form a sexy prime triplet. Taking the arithmetic mean of those primes yields 157, thus it is a balanced prime.

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      Quote Originally Posted by stonedape View Post
      I hear when people die in monasteries they hang them up so everyone will see them; some others float them in water. To teach impermanence. It also has a sort of effect of waking you up, to what you are right now as a form of life. Roadkill does the same thing for me.
      very insightful! ajahn chah gave a very good talk about death, here is the link if you are interested.

      http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/chah/bl111.html
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      what do you think about the god/divine power aspect of buddhism? do you believe in it, if so why etc.

      I follow something like zen

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