there seems to be some ambiguity....
If this constitutes a religion, then why not say it is one. But if it is half of one, made full by my thoughts n opinions on the subject, then what do i label it? I label it PRIVATE.
The five precepts are:
To refrain from harming living creatures (killing).
To refrain from taking that which is not freely given (stealing).
To refrain from sexual misconduct
To refrain from incorrect speech (lying, harsh language, slander, idle chit-chat).
To refrain from intoxicants which lead to loss of mindfulness.
Whatever is impermanent is subject to change. Whatever is subject to change is subject to suffering
Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
1. Freedom to choose and decide and negotiate
2. No, in my interpretation I do not believe in worshipping anything human or so called ethereal material.
3. A way of life. Nothing to prove nor anything to loose. It's me and my beliefs. Hasn't got anything to do with any institutionalized structures or anything past what i think in my mind. That's it.