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A Taste of Buddhism

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  • Though I'm a "hard" atheist, I've been longing to get a little taste of Buddhism. There are 2 Buddhist temples on the east side of Cleveland- I was wondering if some other freethinkers might want to join me in sitting in on a Buddhist "service", meditation, etc.

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  • Lisa M.

    http://www.cloudwater.org/ Introduction to Zen Meditation every Monday at 7:00 p.m. Free. Maybe we could check this out too.

    January 5, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sure. Why not ? I've slightly looked into this area.

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in for the event Maude referenced on the 23rd.

    June 5, 2013

  • Maude

    If anyone's still interested, a pretty high-up Tibetan Buddhist monk who studied under the Dalai Lama will be giving two free public talks on Compassion on June 20 and June 23 at River's Edge. Organized by a Tibetan Buddhist center here. This would likely be a good introduction to Buddhist thought. I am going, so let me know if you want more info.

    June 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Depending on what time I'm not sure about the 20 but I am sure I can do the 23rd - that's a Sunday. Perhaps we can make it an event and roll in food/drink before or after as well? I had an opportunity to hear Robert Thurman (Uma's dad and a Columbia prof) speak on Buddhism many years ago at a UU church and it was excellent. Would love to hear this as well.

      June 5, 2013

  • Maude

    Oh, and Mark, been meaning to explain-the actual Buddhist temple on the east side is Pure Land Buddhism, a Korean type, and it tends to be a bit more resembling a religion. In any case, you can still be a hard atheist and buddhist-there is no personal "God" concept in buddhism. And, buddhism works well with atheism. However, many adherents to western religions also find Buddhism to be quite compatible with their beliefs.

    June 5, 2013

  • Maude

    I used to attend Cloud Water-that's West side. They do have a beginners session on beginning meditation, or they used to. It is free. I can check into it if you'd like. I'm more of a Tibetan style person myself but the zen/pure land monk that started Cloud water is quite good.

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Brenda

    I've gone to cloud water zendo meditation & formal tea held on Sat morning. It was interesting. it was followed by a Qigong internal energy class. Meditation/class is all by donation.

    April 18, 2013

  • Suzy W.

    Yes! The last time I "sat in" on a Buddhist "service" was when my son's Unitarian Universalist class was going there. I don't recall exactly where the temple was. I think we told them ahead that we would be coming.

    February 19, 2013

  • Ray V

    No Buddhist restaurant? Just follow the eight fold path to: http://happybuddhacafe.com/

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Marni H.

    I don't know of any Buddhist restaurants :)I believe Mark means something like this: www.cloudwater.org.

    December 26, 2012

  • Dale

    By "A Taste of Buddhism" I thought you were referring to the name of a restaurant. I would go for that.

    December 26, 2012

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