I am very interested in buddhism. However I have some questions.
Do Buddhists have passion about anything? Passion literally means to suffer, isn't that exactly what Buddhism tries to escape?
Also, doesn't Buddhism teach us to not be an individual? Basically let go of our ego? What I am getting is that I should not be myself.
Not get angry if someone offends me? Not get excited if someone compliments me?
Im not sure I am reading into this correctly. But if this is true, im not sure I want to continue with my research.
I am not trying to be offensive at all, just trying to get answers.
he marketed Buddhism online and by religious societies together is a fruit salad. You can find tit-bits as Buddha said this and Buddha said that. Even there are the Buddhist ways of using the toilet, Buddhist Eggs (http://farook.org/2002/09/02/), Little Buddhas, Buddha Bars, Buddha candles, Nirvana Bands, Buddhist Kings etc. (fake Buddhism)
Buddhism has 2 distinct goals.
1). Mundane (worldly) harmony - projected recreation as religion - a world order
This goal is for average religious Buddhists (who under-stand) to follow middle path (no extremism), in order to avoid social instability and for easy, simple life. Current worldly Buddhist monks (acting as the assumed agents of Buddhism calling themselves 'sangha') in temples/aranyas serve this stream as social workers. Most of them have secondary jobs like teachers, doctors, astrologers, trade union leaders, parliament MPs, Government Agents, Diplomats, etc.
Some social aspects like 5-percepts are borrowed from ancient Hamurabi code and you find them in 10-commandments as well.
For religious Buddhism, there is a history (around 2600 years) and profitable business at pilgrimages (Dambadiva Yatra) to show fake evidence as the original Buddhist history to promote loyalty to religion.
Here, Buddhist monks use fear tactics (rebirth in hell or as animals) as sins to discipline followers and privilege tactics (rebirth in heaven) as merits for the survival of Buddhist religion by accumulating material resources towards temples.
The questions you asked in the description are aimed at worldly living.
Therefore, research at Buddhist religion is sufficient.
Meditation here is a worldly repeat practice, and many followers use meditation for relaxation (or sit & sleep).
2). Super-mundane (out of worlds = freedom)This is for true Buddhists (for the wise) who seek ultimate freedom from worldly suffering.
These Buddhists over-stand the guidance with symbolic interpretations (not worldly religious interpretations with history) as abstract concepts.
Buddhism is timeless (akalika) as well as Anandan (blissful mind = no past, no future), the chief attendant of Buddha (wisdom).
The development towards the core (Nirvana) is a reference removal process, roughly as follows:
kama world (Sensual attachment) >
Rupa world (attachment to body of definition) >
Arupa/Naama world (attachment to name of definition) >
Nibbana (No worldly definition/self)
Meditation here is a journey towards core. (no repeat practicing involved)
"The sparrow is unbeaten as long as it doesn't land where the lion roars"
Worldly conditions do not apply for out-of-the-world elements.
Similar to be like Robin-hood (out-law) with no social/worldly privileges