Egyptian expat in NYC for 23 years, I have a cat, an observant family who I challenge about religion for fun. I practice Zen Meditation counting my breath (concentration meditation)I can teach you that. I love the Simpson's, Family Guy, MTV and VH1 Classic. I studied and continue to study dj'ing, brokerage of all financial instruments, would give you advice or chat with you about Technical Analysis of the financial markets. I'm an affiliate of the Market technician Association. I worked as an artist drawing drawings that Donald Baechler has used as the basis for his paintings. Should I come out as an Atheist or Soto Zen Buddhist? I risk capital punishment or jail at least for speaking out or being an apostate?
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To network and make friends, birds of a feather flock together.
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Why you left your religion.
Too lazy to do the rituals. Started questioning it. All you have to do is to ask what I (donno about you) consider impartial: Wikipedia for the articles about criticism of the Koran, Muhammed, Islam and other religions. But basically because Allah is too demanding: fast 30 days straight with a bunch of restrictions on sex, thoughts and so on. Then pray five times a day doing uncomprehensible rituals like putting my head on the ground facing Mecca ( it was towards Jeruslam before that why the change?)! Also you have to perform washing rituals and bathing rituals, which have restrictions on bodily functions like somthing coming out of your holes. AAAAHHHHHH just too many rules. Basically rebellion. Mom wishes but I doubt that I'll observe again.
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Thanks Andre for the invite. Studying meditation and philosphy is the way to go. My brother studied buddhism, and went to meeting etc, and I have great respect for my bro, so I went to one of these talks also. I think it was Tibetan, and they were talking about property, that one shouldn't own too many etc. which is OK, but this was spoken to very middle class people, jangling their jewelry. I have no idea why most of these people were there. So I just started reading up about it - and from the information my brother gave me, he doesn't go to these meeting any more, 'cause he could see infighting with heirarchy, same old power struggles that seems to happen within any organisation. So much for the philosophy, expect nothing, and you won't be disappointed.
Some people don't recognise or respect something in a particular group, so they start another. Same old, same old. Mind you, even if there were a 'physical group' of Atheists, same thing would happen.
You will find on this site, the only thing that is agreed upon, is 'Prove there is a god, until then, I don't acknowledge any god'. Other than that, many disagreements, and that is all good, a real democracy.
G'day Andre, Welcome to TA. You only need to practice Meditation, without calling it Buddhism. Buddhism does have some strange beliefs, one of which is Hungry Ghosts - and while Buddhism uses women to prop up the hierarchy of men, it is not a good organization. They also chastise men for masturbation. When a female cannot in any shape or form, become Dali Lama, it is being misogynistic. They believe in re-incarnation, and the choosing of the Dali Lama also goes into the supernatural - they are very big on visions etc -
Buddhism is like any other religion in it keeps dark secrets. Any religion or society that excludes women is going to have a problem, Within Buddhism, pedophilia is OK as is homosexuality, as it is also in Islam and Catholicism.
Your saying of the prayer Shahada is dodgy if you are agonistic -
There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God.
Positive thinking and mantras are good, and that is all you need - meditation is positive thinking and just getting and controlling your own head, no need for anything else to be introduced - and the use of philosophy for the positive thinking and mantras - no prayers, no god.
Any so called religion or spirituality just needs a bit of research. The only group who don't or can't hide behind cloth, cross or robes are Atheists. We may marinate before we bar-b-que babies, but that is about it :) Atheists need men like you, along with all the other ex-Muslims to keep us up to date with what is going on in Muslim countries, from the ex-Muslim point of view. I thought xianity was bad enough, but Muslims leave xians for dead in their evilness.
Welcome to the Think Atheist community Andre! Join us in the chat on the bottom right of the screen and feel free to ask questions and get involved as much or as little as you want! Welcome again and make yourself at home!