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littledarlinglilith asked: You've certainly got it all wrong. As someone who has lived in a Buddhist center (a house where people meet up to meditate and discuss Buddhism) for 4 years of her life, I know a lot about Buddhism and it's not all about monks and starving yourself. There are also many different forms of Buddhism just like there are many different forms of Christianity.
Perhaps you should do a bit more reading about Gautama before you attempt to claim that I am wrong. I studied Buddhism myself and although I do agree there are many different forms of it the religion itself is based on the abandoning of material things and the material world. That is the essential core of Buddhism and have never heard someone attempt to claim otherwise. As with many other religions there are different forms, and many of those forms diverge from others and go against foundational teachings. I am sure you can point to some form of Buddhism that doesn’t push the giving up of material want, but I would say that it is a form of Buddhism that doesn’t reflect the foundational teachings. Just like there is no true Christian, there is no true Buddhist, but there are those that at least attempt to live up to many of the teachings of the original Buddha, and those that don’t.