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08:15 AM on 11/12/2012
In at one sect or tradition of Buddhism, the form of Tibetan Buddhism, if a nation like the USA, long accustomed to the Judeo Christian and Catholic belief systems as well as its incorporation into the war capitalist economy, if Americans were to read THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD on the consequences of a soul's action in an afterlife experience to one's own Hells and Heavens before a rebirth, there might have been some considerations about all the violent culture in media and social interactions affecting every region. The amount of fundamentalist Christians and religionists learning that no deathbed prayers to a savior or Jesus Christ will prevent a Hellish karmic life review. Picture where Jerry Falwell and Jim Baker have been as well as violent religious public figures.
07:23 AM on 11/12/2012
Of all religions (including christianity) Buddhism is the one that should be admired the most. You will never hear of a "buddhist terrorist." The main aim of the religion is to make themselves into better people, working on their own lives and personalities. It's not about being better than someone else, or feeling superior, it's about being humble. All other religions seem to think they are right and everyone else needs to fall in line with their twisted way of thinking. Give me a good buddhist any day over any other religion.
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07:23 PM on 11/12/2012
Buddhism has no god(s - the one true Budddah was an atheist and died from consuming too much pork - my kinda guy
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12:12 PM on 11/13/2012
i've only read that buddha died from bad mushrooms.

too much pork?
couldn't happen since "too much" wasn't an option and buddha only ate once a day.
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Myoho Mod
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11:40 AM on 11/16/2012
There has been many many Buddhas. I am a Buddha and you are as well. He had food poisoning from bad prok
08:17 PM on 11/12/2012
"The main aim of the religion is to make themselves into better people...It's not about being better than someone else, or feeling superior..."

Buddhism as a philosopy, sure, but not as practiced by 'mere humans.' Try living in a Buddhist country for a while, oh say, Thailand (Theravada Buddhism) or Vietnam (Mahayana Buddhism), and then lets talk about how well Buddhism works out in practice.

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cuoi
I wish everyone happiness.
06:17 PM on 11/13/2012
I live in Vietnam part time. Mainly in Saigon but spent a couple of months in small village near My Lai last year. Buddhism works out quite well in practice. And I made no secret of my role during the American War. I, along with many other vets, found lasting peace from war with the help of the friendly and forgiving Vietnamese people. From my perspective, the biggest difficulty facing Vietnam is corruption from multinational corporations who are not loyal to any country. The same may be said of the US.
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11:42 AM on 11/16/2012
Vietnam is both Theravada and Mahayana. There are 3,000 school of Buddhism
eajphd
HP - Your micro-bio is empty. Really?
04:31 AM on 11/12/2012
How did they come up with Metro area: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH? Three cities and two states combined. No matter how you cut it New Hampshire is not part of Metro-Boston, even Quincy people like to think they are independent of Boston. It looks an awful lot like statistical gerrymandering - but to what end?

The possible answer is that it makes Boston #15, right next to Salt Lake City at #16. All of this Romney's move right after the electionto the San Diego area, which is #1,suggests that he might be a secret Buddhist who infiltrated the Republican party to undermine its election prospects.

I know this is nuts, but it makes as much sense as a lot of other comments posted here.
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LintLass
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05:34 PM on 11/12/2012
It's about percentage of population, however big or small the area. Including more areas is hardly likely to skew the figures upward: more likely that's the area covered by the Buddhist organizations furnishing their data.
eajphd
HP - Your micro-bio is empty. Really?
05:53 PM on 11/12/2012
Actually it does skew the figures when one combines distant suburbs with urban areas particularly with an ethnic mosaic like the one around Boston, where the metro area has most of its Asian population concentrated near the urban core and some close suburbs and very few in areas beyond that. 
02:35 AM on 11/12/2012
or as allen west calls them, "terrorists". or "enemies of humanity". lol glad he's gone
12:06 AM on 11/12/2012
How about that earthquake......., careful L A.........
09:51 PM on 11/11/2012
and this study was conducted why?
07:22 PM on 11/14/2012
I'm sure market research like this fetches a great sales price on the open market.
09:27 PM on 11/11/2012
Yep, Buddhists are a great bunch of folks. They send an elderly lady to India,to live amongst the leppered childred to help them survive, as well as the poor. She did this most of her life. Oh... wait a minute that was a Catholic, Christian Num; Sorry
Well, there was the guy who went to KY or TN and opened a hospital to find a cure for childhood deseases; and the kids can come there free of charge. Oh..... wait a minute, that was a Christian.. Sorry again. Well, there was the guy at the airport the other day, bumbing money and chanting some stupid song about some guy name Harry Krisna. Should he not have been up in a cave in a mountaing contemplatifng his naval. Isn't that what Buddhist do most often - cometemplate, only to come up with something that the Bible already stated, And if i were in a war again, fighting to save someone from some evil dictator, would I find a Buddhist next to me; naw, he'd be up in that cave, contemplating about what it is really means to be free or enslaved. Kinda like a think tank.
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SarcasticFringehead
File under "Futile"
09:53 PM on 11/11/2012
Kill for the love of Jesus, then?
10:02 PM on 11/11/2012
^what?
08:47 PM on 11/12/2012
Exactly my thoughts, "what?". If I want to know anything about Buddhists, I'll run down to the bus station or the airport and throw a dollar in their cup while they chant and dance.
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09:11 PM on 11/11/2012
Where is the data coming from? Last I checked, there was no national registry for Buddhists.
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12:34 AM on 11/12/2012
Now you know.
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09:01 PM on 11/11/2012
Interesting that San Diego is the 2nd most Buddhist city in America.
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Jeffrey Bryson
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02:08 AM on 11/12/2012
I know. I grew up there, and didn't know many Buddhists. Of course, it can be a hard place to get to know people outside one's own culture.
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09:04 AM on 11/12/2012
Glad you mentioned the difficulty in forming acquaintances in this metropolitan area. After almost 20 years I still have no friends here and it is not that I have not attended community colleges, been a working person and attended several churches. It just does not happen unless you are born into a social circle.

But there are a few Buddhist temples that I know of and they offer classes in Japanese culture. One is in the Banker's hill area.
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08:48 PM on 11/11/2012
Union CIty, Calif. has had a Buddhist Temple since 1960.
brokerthanu
all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals
01:44 AM on 11/11/2012
I'm surprised Berkeley and Oakland didn't make the cut. Sometimes it seems every other person I know around here is Buddhist. Even my Jewish friends are Buddhists. There are little Buddha figurines all over the place; in businesses offices, private homes, front yards.
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0pinion8D
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04:15 PM on 11/11/2012
I guess there's a difference between using the icons and identifying yourself as a member of the religion.
Love the comment..."My Jewish friends are Buddhists."
Maybe only in spirit, not identity.
But you're right, Buddha is everywhere in the Bay Area.
brokerthanu
all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals
04:45 PM on 11/11/2012
Right. There's a difference between religion as spirituality, cultural identity, cultural inheritance or cultural influence. I take people at their word. If they tell me they're Buddhists then they are, at least until they tell me they're something else. Whether someone who comes from a Buddhist background and culture would is a completely different issue. The article doesn't really say which of those criteria they used, only that the people had to be religious by being part of a congregation. I'm not a big fan of the major religions but as they go this is one of the more innocuous ones.
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10:58 PM on 11/11/2012
Nah, people are confused on what they are. Like a lot of times the Buddha statues in homes and businesses are for good luck. Not really a religious thing. Now the Buddha statues that are on the ground with inscents that is worshipping something. Paying respect to the dead.
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12:43 AM on 11/11/2012
Nashville, "The Buckle on the Bible Belt" in at 48.
No surprise there.
Try being a Jew here. Even Custer had better odds.
07:25 PM on 11/14/2012
be thankful you aren't a B'hai living there
12:38 AM on 11/11/2012
I don't buy it. Honolulu has to be number one but i can't even find it in the top 50? What's up with that?
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jjerrbberr02
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02:57 AM on 11/12/2012
I read the article and thought the same thing.

They must not know Honolulu is an America city.
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tpk
having a sense of humor is priceless
04:18 AM on 11/12/2012
That's why they don't believe that Obama was born in America.
07:25 PM on 11/14/2012
I felt the same way about Boulder, CO
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10:31 PM on 11/10/2012
I always wondered if the statue is real gold or not. Not the ones you see outside but the one you saw when you clicked on to come to this page.
10:23 PM on 11/11/2012
No, they are covered with gold leaf. In many ceremonies gold leaf is sold to worshipers who then apply it to Buddha. Not sure if it works that way in the US but in Buddhist countries it is. Thailand has a large solid gold Buddha. Its a historic place for the scammers to take their marks because it only takes a minute to view then its on to the tailors and jewelers who pay the scammers.
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tpk
having a sense of humor is priceless
04:22 AM on 11/12/2012
There is a huge statute of Buddha made of gold in Bangkok, but it's hollow inside.
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Craig 212
Tide goes in, tide goes out.
09:02 PM on 11/10/2012
I don't know much about Buddhism, so correct me if I'm wrong, but a giant golden Buddha state seems kinda contradictory to the anti-materialism movement. Doesn't it?
10:36 PM on 11/10/2012
Yah. No matter how often you tell humans not do something (no matter what) they will always default back to being human. People just love to create belief systems, love to create something to worship.
In the west an additional problem is that most people seem to think it is enough to just "convert" to a different thought system, while leaving the ingrained structures untouched.
Just calling yourself "Buddhist" does not mean that you are...
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11:35 PM on 11/10/2012
Yes, you are spot-on (I'm Buddhist). It's interesting, because Siddartha, the original Buddha, even stated that it doesn't matter what a practitioner uses to meditate, that ornate structures and symbols are meaningless. He didn't even care that the object(s) used had human form. If they reminded you of his teachings, that was all that mattered. And yet, there are so many people that don't "get" that Buddhism is NOT a religion, it's a process / philosophy, and they continue to treat enlightened entities as deities. Hence, big fat ornate statues and shrines.

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Craig 212
Tide goes in, tide goes out.
12:09 AM on 11/11/2012
Well, I would agree that Buddhism as it is largely practiced in the West is much more of a philosophy than it is a religion. But actual Buddhism does seem pretty similar to a lot of religions. It has a creation story, a system of morality, a belief in life after death.
07:45 PM on 11/11/2012
Buddha - Dead
Mohammed _ Dead
Jesus Christ - Risen. Guess you can figure out who I'm following.