Buddhism, I hope, is obviously quite different from the general Western understanding of repentance. It is showing ourselves that we are able and willing to change, and are not bound by our actions that create suffering. Repentance is the willingness to let go of our suffering and step towards true freedom. More than anything else, repentance is, in short, movement. Buddhism teaches that our suffering which is the inability to make ourselves happy, try as we might comes from ignorance about how things really are. This ignorance manifests in three primary ways: greed, anger, and delusion or confusion. Repentance is central to the spiritual progress, development, and maturity of all practitioners because it is the acknowledgement of the creation of suffering, and the vowing to refrain from such acts in the future.
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~ Venerable Kongmu
In February , I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Nothing could describe my despair and hopelessness as I was only 39 years old. During the following month, I released two thousand fishes, diligently recited Buddhist sutras prescribed by Master Lu, and vowed to adopt a vegetarian diet for more than 20 days a month. A month later, I went for another physical exam and I was told that the test results were normal. What a miracle!
Posted by Bhikshu Kongmu in Chinese Buddhism , Chinese Buddhist Liturgy Of the many beautiful things that have yet to be fully transplanted from the East into the fertile soil of Western Buddhism is a broad appreciation of the role and practice of repentance. However, in Orthodox Christianity , it is a bit different, as I will quote in a moment. Buddhism , I hope , is obviously quite different from the general Western understanding of repentance.
But I'm glad for all the advice I read on this blog. I had this issue with my husband and I had to straight out tell him what I needed because he had no clue. Make sure she is Even after that, the Church discourages them from entering serious relationships before they are considering marriage. He is a great man and I know he will always put his family first but this is such a hard decision.