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Anonymous asked: I don't know if you've ever studied into Buddhism deeply or anything but doesn't it seem like Buddhism in general is very wishy-washy and there's no concrete guidelines for anything? It seems like the teachings of Buddha were like following a circle and in the end I'm always perplexed by how many people latch on to it and claim to love it when there's really nothing to it? Buddha poses problems that he never gives concrete answers to.
I studied Buddhism a bit many years ago, I actually considered myself to be somewhat of a Buddhist for a time being. For me personally I couldn’t seem to agree to the fundamental core of Buddhism and without that it doesn’t seem like something fully worth following, to me. Beyond that there are some good philosophical teachings to it but I agree that it is very open. A lot of it seems open to interpretation and situational application, that is part of why it can be interesting to study but becomes a bit harder to fully apply or live by.
The majority of people I’ve encountered that say they enjoy Buddhism seem to have little knowledge or skewed knowledge about it. I’ve met people who simply enjoy meditation but still identify themselves as Buddhist, the type of people where if you ask about the four noble truths and they give you a blank look. I think for a period of time it was simply a fad, a way for people to seem more spiritual and deep than what they really are. There are certainly many devoted Buddhists out there but even then you rarely find them fully pushing to follow “the path to enlightenment”.