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Buddhism is like a math problem....
Is this Buddhism?
Compassion + Kindness + Selflessness + Respect for Life in all forms = Buddhism
(1) + (1) + (1) + (1) = (4)
Or is this Buddhism?
12,000 pages of known Sutras; 14 translations of the 8 Fold Path; Untold number of interpretations of the (first) 5 precepts; The (other) 5 precepts for Buddhist monks & nuns; 3 major traditions of Buddhism; Religious Buddhism; Koans; Secular Buddhism; Several methods of meditation; No (formal) meditation at all; Hundreds of Deities, Demons and other mystical beings; Karma; Rebirth; Hell Realms, Reincarnation; Etc. Etc.. = Buddhism (4)
Some people prefer simple, uncomplicated math problems; like 1+1+1+1 = 4
Some people prefer long, complicated, puzzling word problems to mull over, dissect, translate and eventually whittle down into the basic message (numbers). But in the end the (correct) answers are the same, aren't they?
Yeah, So..... I'll take my Buddhism as a simple 1+1+1+1 = 4 way of living, thanks.
I'll leave all that reading, translating, puzzling and whittling to those that enjoy that sort of thing. But just remember, you don't get any extra Buddha Points for choosing the word problem over the simple problem. Because in the end, the answers are the same, so just Live it. * Be the Buddha! *