Reasons to become a Buddhist
With an estimate of close to 10,000 distinct religions all across the world, choosing an ideal religious affiliation can be real hectic; especially because these religions vary in terms of sets of beliefs, dogmas, feelings, and practices that define the relationship between human beings and divinity. The idea behind subscribing to a particular religious group out of tens of thousands of options depend on some factors tied to the person and the religion. In essence, a given religion is defined on the parameters of the community like rites, sacred books, organization, interdicts, sacrament, moral prescription, and worship among many others. There is a wide range of special reasons why, as an ideal religion seeker, you ought to forego the world’s popular religious groups such as Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity among others and join Buddhism.
Buddhism, although it possesses characteristics of a religion, which qualify it as a religion, it is not a typical religion as compared to others. In fact, some theological experts have gone further to argue that it is more than just a religion. This is because the approach of Buddhism is very much like that of science – believers don’t have to accept and practice certain principles out of sheer devotion and belief – but rely on scientific reasoning that involves deep analysis, logic, pragmatic approach and reasoning in trying out the lessons of Buddha and seeing whether they produce what he had suggested, that is, appropriately dealing with problems and peace of mind. In fact, his Holiness Dalai Lama emphasizes the rational, practical, and analytical aspects of Buddhism and people find this appealing hence the unstoppable growth of the religion.
Interestingly, Buddhism is the only mainstream religion that is not affiliated with war and various forms of violence. Buddhism advocates for peace, and true happiness as these are some of the main teachings of Buddha. Although the other known religious’ groups also preach peace, certain groups, in particular, Islam has, on many occasions, been linked to terrorism and other kinds of acts of violence. Christianity is also a peaceful religion, but if necessary, they go to war for their religion. This is shown on historical aspects of dominions like Catholicism, a group that would have a well-trained and sufficiently equipped army to “protect” the religion. Becoming a Buddhist essentially means becoming as peaceful as possible and not having to worry about unnecessary things that could lead to war.
Buddhism recognizes the fact that every human, at all times, suffers from something – emotionally, physically, or psychologically. For this reason, there are a variety of methods from Buddhism that help with pain control. When he left the palace as a husband, father, and a prince, Buddha encountered different people suffering from all kinds of pain. He gave up everything to discover ways of dealing with pain, a decision that took him several years with a lot of sacrifices to succeed. Buddha suggested ways of dealing with pain through breathing meditation, a practice that is not only in the religion but also borrowed by other types of religions and also promoted in various healthcare centers — becoming a Buddhist means not having to worry about pain anymore.
Human beings are, by nature, designed always to want more. Humans are the only creation that desires more than what they need. Always wanting more is a behavior termed as greediness and this is one of the contributing factors ranging from personal to global issues. The act of always demanding more causes things like fights, quarrels, crime, immorality, war, and others. Buddhism teaches a person to have increased satisfaction and moderation in their wishes. According to Buddha’s teachings (the four noble truths and others), the root of suffering is desire, which he termed, in the ancient language, tanha. Greed and desire top the list of one of the three roots of evil. Becoming a Buddhist means being content with what you have and for this reason, there has never been an extremely wealthy Buddhist who acquired his wealth through illegal or immoral ways.
Reasons to become a Buddhist