Question by  Roger44 (115)

What is involved in converting to buddhism?


Answer by  JuliaJolie (415)

Converting to Buddhism is simple as it's more about embracing certain values and getting into the right state of mind. The best thing you can do is read a lot of books on Buddhism's teachings. There doesn't have to be any formal ceremonies, but many people visit a temple for information and guidance.


Answer by  dhuoda (1431)

This involves rather a major change in basic views of the world, since reincarnation is a big part of a buddhist's belief. There is also often a name changing ceremony to symbolize departure from the old life, and there are some dietary and behavioural requirements too.


Answer by  shastie (1601)

The first thing you need to do is understand the difference in buddhism and other religions once you are sure this is the way you want to live you much follow these steps. Learn the Four Noble Truths, follow the Eightfold Path and the Five Precepts, take Refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha.


Answer by  malone (4817)

You do not "convert" to Buddhism. You practice Buddhism by studying and by putting the concepts into practice in your daily life. Buddhism has no deity, no rules, no requirements. Lots of Catholics, Jews, Baptists and other faiths practice Buddhism.


Answer by  asg92 (188)

While it depends on the sect of Buddhism, converting to Zen Buddhism (any sect really) involves studying and understanding the Four Noble Truths and embarking on the Eight-Fold Path.


Answer by  nuttree (1596)

Unlike many religions, Buddha does not offer formal conversion. To become Buddhist, learn about the Four Noble Truths, follow the Eightfold Path, and incorporate Buddhist practice in your life.


Answer by  beck (1099)

Buddhists are very open to new practicing members and accept people who also practice another religion. There are some more exclusive sects such as SGI who require your full devotion.

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