There are over 400 million practicing Buddhists. A common misunderstanding is that when you tell others you practice yoga or you are a “yogi” or better yet that you are a yoga teacher some people whom don’t know any better assume you are a Buddhist or a Muslim. I would like to break that misconception as I myself am a non denominational Christian who is a certified yoga teacher. I have married all different couples with all sorts of beliefs including Buddhism.
The 2nd question I encounter again from those who simply don’t understand, is “does your yoga study philosophy interfere with your religious beliefs as a Christian?”. The answer I reply with is “not at all I study all religions to gain further understanding. I encourage you to do the same.”
The Buddha’s story is very interesting as it explains how as a sage he lived and became enlightened. It is written that he was attending a party as a young person and his witnessed a farmer dig and struggle to dig up worms and then he watched a bird eat the worms and he could not understand this concept. Buddha or “Siddhartha Gautama” went off his first time to truly be alone. He sat under a tree and experienced his first trance or mediation.
The Buddha later went on to learn the 4 Noble Truths during his journey to enlightenment as follows:
*Desire and the cause of desire
*Cure for desire
*How to cure illness and achieve Nirvana
Here is a nice story of his life to watch,learn and grow.