I call myself a Budeo-Christian Wanderer February 8, 2015 13:17

Many people who have been raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition, like me, have a desire to understand Buddhism, but may not have a desire to fully immerse themselves. They understand implicitly that there is a unique centeredness to Buddhism that can enrich their life experience without leaving the culture within which they were raised behind.

If this describes your life experience, be assured that you are welcomed here. I am one of you. An amalgam of the terms "Buddhist" and "Judeo-Christian", it is an inclusive word that describes millions of people who don’t quite fit anywhere else.

While I have a desire to learn more about the Buddhist tradition, and have spent considerable time reading and attending local services and gatherings, I struggle with dogma, group-think and the idea that all suffering can be managed in this life. Enlightenment, to me, is impossible in this lifetime, with the possible exception of the idea that we die at the moment we achieve it. 

Perhaps my understanding is skewed by a world view limited by travel outside my own culture and geography. But, I believe that all people have basically the same needs, desires, obstacles, feelings and limitations. In fact, I further believe, as Westerners, we  have lives much easier than those in the rest of the world, where survival isn't always a fact of daily life.

I choose to believe that my worldview represents my best possible attempt at living The Middle Way and that, if I try to continually seek life using The Middle Way as a guide, it offers the greatest chance for me to contribute to my family, friends, community and myself.

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What are The Four Noble Truths?

  1. The truth of suffering
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering

What is The Noble Eightfold Path?

  1. Right view
  2. Right intention
  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right concentration

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