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  • Buddhism is outdated, like the black and white TV

     Rosa Calandra updated 2 months ago 3 Members · 7 Posts
  • Anonymous

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    2 October 2021 at 20:58
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    For centuries, Buddhism has been a solid and admirable philosophy of life. There are still millions of people who worship the teachings of Buddha. About three years ago I also did a 10-day Vipassana retreat according to Buddhist traditions. That experience certainly helped me to live more mindful and the teachings of Buddha have shown me different perspectives on life topics which were definitely inspiring. Yet in this blog, I am about to criticize Buddhism, despite the many positive sides it retains.

    Besides the discrepancy in rules for women and men, nuns have more rules than monks, which were probably not created by Buddha himself but by the rulers of his philosophy after him, the content of the teachings is also outdated. Buddhism is like watching an old black and white TV. The contrast Buddhism shows about what is good, and what is not, can be compared to what gives light and what does not. The teachings of Buddha basically show you a path to enlightenment. It empowers you to live in the moment, by freeing yourself from the ego and its desires, so that you can prevent yourself from suffering, such as disappointments, chasing, craving, and regretting. To me, this way of living is still admirable, but also poor and incomplete. Because Buddhism encourages you to focus only on what gives light and to avoid darkening circumstances it completely forgets all the colors life also has to offer. Life is not only about the light and the dark, as the old TVs showed black and white. Just as there are color televisions, life is full of colors.

    Let’s say that the teachings of Buddha show a white color, pure light. Which means a strong connection with the present moment and the universe. Since white light contains all wavelengths of light that correspond with the colors of the rainbow it too is possible to split up different forms of connection that Buddhism is showing. Because there are primary colors, red, blue, and yellow, there are also primary forms of connection. Which I’ve discovered as gravitation, inter-connection, and satisfying desires. Combining these primary forms of connection, like combining primary colors, creates secondary forms of connection; synchronization, love, and magnetism. The tertiary forms of connection, as tertiary colors, are a combination of the primary and secondary forms of connection.

    In the book I am writing, titled ‘Begrijp Je Eigen Geluk’ (‘Understand your own happiness’), I explain why and how to live better in connection based on thirteen different types of connection. The teachings of Buddha are also included as one of the 13 ways to live connected. Are you interested in what I am writing about? Then, please, let me know. I would love to get connected with you too.

  • Rosa Calandra

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    6 October 2021 at 11:53
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    Personally, you made me reflect on a subject to which I had never paid the right attention. And yet, it is a topic that triggered my curiosity and desire to know more, to be able to reflect on the right information. And your way of thought and deliver your message for the first time it allows me to reflect on one of those themes that it seems impossible to touch as if it were intended for the few insiders.

    I relate to your critic, to your way of thinking here, because indeed life is all about those colors that give you infinite insights, including those colors that are not very bright, right?!

    And in those moments, while is easy to hold darkness, we should instead remember to exceed those negative circumstances really, reflect on how to move forward, and see the lesson behind it in order to shine again, as children do!

    Excited to hear about the progress you are making with the book Maarten!

    Looking forward to meet you later today for the event on “how to write a book”.

  • Anonymous

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    6 October 2021 at 21:24
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    @rosa Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this discussion. I am flattered to read that you too reflect differently now on the admirable lessons of Buddha. It was good to see you today at the event of ‘Who else wants to write a book’. I love how you make everyone feel recognised. Wish you have a lovely evening, Rosa!

    • Rosa Calandra

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      6 October 2021 at 21:39
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      You gave me the smile of the day Maarten!

      It was lovely connecting with you this evening, it was a really cool and inspiring event.

      What’s your thought on that?! ☺

      • Anonymous

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        6 October 2021 at 21:46
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        @rosa aahh, I am happy I could give that smile to you! 😊

        I liked the event! It was informative, interactive and interesting to see @minke her writing process too. Definately valuable to me! That’s why I already look forward to attend events like this in the future. 😍

        • Karlo Tasler

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          6 October 2021 at 23:04
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          It was nice, indeed 🙂 Thanks again to everybody for the valuable insights!

          • Rosa Calandra

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            7 October 2021 at 21:45
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            Thanks, Karlo for your nice words and energy. We really like the event yes! There were stimuli and interaction, it is wise to walk & improve together.

            Looking forward to meet you soon at one of the upcoming events.

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