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There are fact-sheets on the science of how to be happy
Can you read? Rejoice. You can learn to smile!
only hokey white people buddhism is about 'how to be happy'
real buddhism tells you that all is impermanent, to live is to suffer, and 'self' is an illusion, so you may as well just feed yourself to a tiger or w/e
That sounds like something a clueless white person would say. Two of those three things you mentioned are gross western misunderstandings of concepts due to gross mistranslations drawn up by Christians who wanted to make it look like some kind of savage of nihilistic religion. The "impermanence" things is actually a very freeing concept, and one that everyone uses at the last stage of grief, which is that everything dies, obsessing about how and when you die is pointless so live it up nigger.
>That sounds like something a clueless white person would say.
That sounds like something a clueless white person would say. I bet you're more clueless and more white than me, [i][b]FAGGOT[/b][/i]
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Also can you tell me in what way exactly 'suffering' is a 'gross mistranslation' of 苦 when that's literally what it means? Oh wait you can't because you don't speak Chinese, or Pali, or English for that matter, you uneducated virtue signalling fuck. Your real goal was to jerk off about how educated and worldly you are and you have failed at it, good day friend.
>obsessing about how and when you die is pointless so live it up nigger
nihilism doesn't mean sitting around listening to the cure while wearing a trenchcoat and writing depressing blog posts. what you described is also nihilism, and i'm certain that if most historical buddhists thought "when you die is pointless so live it up nigger" like spoiled teenage girls, they wouldn't have formed the successful societies they did in the east.
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Oh that's adorable, you looked up one Chinese character and think you're a goddamn expert. If you're wondering what a good display of the "Dunning-Kruger" effect is, you just displayed it.
First off, no, 苦 can mean anything from physical agony to stress and worry, "suffering" is too specific an English word for it. I know because I do actually speak Japanese and have heard it used as such, not because I ran to fucking Google to give me the answer. The English concept of "suffering" is tied in a religious sense to things like Jesus' suffering (literally being tortured to death) or the suffering those who go to hell experience.
Second, just as we occasionally use broader words to describe specific religious concepts (think "charity"), the languages from all over the world use existing words which could mean many things to describe a particular Buddhist concept in that context.
The word you're actually looking for is not 苦, but rather dukkha, which is a specific word that describes the general conflict and distress one might encounter daily. Few would deny that everyday life can often feel gloomy or pointless. Buddhism teaches that this feeling comes from our drive to form attachments to the material world, which makes perfect sense, because we all have monkey brains that seek constant stimulus but never gain long-term satisfaction from that stimulus. If you get the car of your dreams or the woman of your dreams, you'll get a temporary high and then you'll grow bored of them. Understand the real meaning of dukkha, the full concept, not just the surface meaning of the word, is critical to understanding why materialism is self-destructive.
I wouldn't expect you to understand half of this though, since western religion is designed to treat full-grown adults like children who'll get a spankin if they don't act right.
You're right, it's not YOLO (on multiple levels) but it was late at night and I didn't feel like getting into it then. The point is, it's not "life is nothing but agony and torture so you might as well kill yourself".
You are paraphrasing the goddamn wikipedia article at me and trying to pass yourself off as some kind of expert while accusing me of googling. Yes, even 'positive' states like joy and happiness lead to suffering because they lead to attachment. Congrats, that is something literally anyone who is even aware of the concept of the "three marks" to begin with could tell you because that's what it says in the fucking article.
>苦 can mean anything from physical agony to stress and worry
So can 'suffering', you dipshit weeb.
>The English concept of "suffering" is tied in a religious sense to things like Jesus' suffering (literally being tortured to death) or the suffering those who go to hell experience.
>I know because I do actually speak Japanese and have heard it used as such
I watched chobits guys im practically an expert in japanese culture!1
Anyway are you denying that buddhism is inherently fatalistic? Or that middle aged moms posting buddha quotes over images of flocks of seagulls on facebook is cringeworthy as fuck? Because that was the point of the joke in
before you pushed your glasses up your nose and went WELL ACKSHEWALLY, you fucking pedantic autist.
>Anyway are you denying that buddhism is inherently fatalistic?
I never denied it, because fatalism has never been brought up yet. Pretty much all religions and philosophies ask us to resign certain basic facts of life, that's not the same thing as not caring about what goes on during life. Buddhists are not predeterminists though, whereas Christianity/Islam are, at least when they want to be. Not known for their consistency, those two.
>Or that middle aged moms posting buddha quotes over images of flocks of seagulls on facebook is cringeworthy as fuck?
Sure, but at least they're embracing, albeit superficially, something positive. Not that all Christianity is negative all the time, but most of the inspiration from that comes from turning your brain off, not thinking rationally or critically so you can momentarily feel better about your inevitable mortality.
I'm not sure if I'd even call myself a Buddhist, as it starts to kinda fall apart once you wade too much into the mysticism, but at least it's not as insistent on its fairy tales as others. I just find most of its precepts and ideas aren't just the ramblings of someone trying to assert control over others, but of pretty observable and provable facets of life that are more or less universal and shared among humans, and can be backed up by discoveries about biology and science.
But I do notice a particular contrarian/hipster trend of sneering at people who say Buddhism is cool, because "ugh, you're not even asian, there's no way you can even be buddhist stop pertending just to look cool". Which is fucking stupid because it's not like there's one true version of Buddhism that all Asians practice, it's very different from country to country and it would only make sense of Americans practice it differently.
It's also a weird standard to hold someone to. Someone who does an intense Wikipedia study session is going to have a deeper understanding of Buddhism than the vast majority of Japanese normies. We don't expect every Christian to be a theologian, and we don't accuse every new Christian of being superficial and disingenuous. So why can't yoga moms make themselves feel better by embracing whatever version of Buddhism that helps them get through the day?
I've got something yoga moms can embrace to help them get through the day, right here
*whips out dick*
I think that's a tune we can all dance to.