Top 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism

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Buddhism is a very popular religion and more than a billion people follow Buddhism in the world. Even after being popular, it is barely practiced and a lot of people carry a lot of misconceptions about this religion. They have a very low understanding of the beliefs and philosophy of Buddhism. Some of the most popular misconceptions about Buddhism are:

 

1. Siddhartha Gautama.

Siddhartha Gautama

This is the most popular misconception about Buddhism. People believe that the man they know as Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha, is a God himself and a deity. But in fact, there is no deity mentioned in the religion. This religion is away from any form of Deities. There is no God in Buddhism but you can believe in God and still follow this religion. This is the beauty of the religion. Buddha himself felt that the questions about the existence and origin do not matter. All that matters is how you lead the life you have.

 

2. Reincarnation.

Reincarnation

It is a misconception that the people who follow Buddhism believe in reincarnation. Reincarnation means rebirth or re-becoming. The idea of reincarnation says that after a person dies he is reborn as any animal or any other living being. But the truth is that there is no mention of reincarnation in Buddhism and this idea is not at all supported by the religion. People often say that this idea of rebirth is lost somewhere in the literature translations and thus you can never be sure.

 

3. Diet

Diet

People have a strong misconception that Buddhism says to stay vegetarian. There are different precepts of Buddhism which suggest not killing any living being. People misunderstand this and believe that Buddhists are not supposed to eat non-vegetarian food and just the vegetarian food. But the people who are Buddhists and have only and only a vegetarian diet is their personal choice. Buddha never stood against any sort of meals. But some argue that eating non-vegetarian food itself means killing animals and Buddha suggested against it.

 

4. Buddhists like to suffer.

Buddhists like to suffer

People mostly believe that those who follow and preach Buddhism enjoy a lot of suffering and pain. Suffering is some sort of a religious practice for them. But the fact is that there is no such likeliness for suffering mentioned anywhere in Buddhism. All the religion says is that whenever you suffer, do not have a negative mindset about it and be optimistic, accept the suffering whenever you see that it cannot be avoided and handled. This path of Buddhism is intended to make people stronger and help them cope up with the sufferings of life.

 

5. Buddhists are Pagans.

Buddhists are pagans

There are people who say that those all who practice Buddhism are pagans. As mentioned by Dalai Lama, religion is something that we can never do without. On the other hand, people in the west do not consider religion that important for a living. Only if you consider anyone or anything that is not Judeo Christian as pagan, you may even think that Buddhists are as well pagan.

 

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