E31: Surprising Trivia Facts that Will Challenge What You Thought to Be True About Buddhism
In this episode, Sarah challenges Jacob's knowledge of Buddhism by testing him with questions about Buddhism most of us don't know the answers to. You might be surprised to learn that reincarnation is not technically associated with Buddhism. And have you ever wondered if the original Buddha was a vegetarian? And have you ever thought about when Buddhist teachers are asked, "Do you believe in God?" how do they respond? And do Buddhist vow to be evangelical and awaken all beings? Find out the answers to these questions and more.
Enjoy these excerpts:
"The Buddhist teachings tell us, we as humans, are not inherently good or inherently bad. However, we do need to cultivate compassion."
"Do Buddhists believe in God? I've always thought that Buddhists don't believe in God, because God is an essence that is permanent, and Buddhism teaches that all things are impermanent. However, according to Noah Racheta in his book, “No Nonsense Buddhism”, the true Buddha's answer to whether there is a God is, “I don't know.” The agnostic view is the most correct Buddhist about God.""
"I think it is a common perception that when you practice Buddhism, you practice it to end suffering. My personal perception of why we practice Buddhism is so we can realize that we are the source of our own suffering. However, the correct perception is we practice Buddhism, not to end suffering, because the suffering doesn't end, but we practice it to end our craving to end the suffering."