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What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
07-06-2014, 05:48 PM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
LOL...yes lots of books!!!..I don't think you'll find that Buddhism and witchcraft mix too well either..lol.

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07-06-2014, 05:50 PM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
(07-06-2014 05:48 PM)pix Wrote:  LOL...yes lots of books!!!..I don't think you'll find that Buddhism and witchcraft mix too well either..lol.

I know Buddhists who also do magic.
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07-06-2014, 05:56 PM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
Yes but not witchcraft there's a subtle difference.

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07-06-2014, 06:00 PM
Post: #14
RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
Buddhism is more of a way of life for me. Being humble, harming no one etc.

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07-06-2014, 06:02 PM (This post was last modified: 07-06-2014 06:16 PM by ChaosRose.)
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
(07-06-2014 05:56 PM)pix Wrote:  Yes but not witchcraft there's a subtle difference.

Folk magic is witchcraft.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=...b07gQFqvzg
You could make the argument that ceremonial magic(k) is different because of its religious overtones, however, it would still be considered sorcery.

(07-06-2014 06:00 PM)SpiritWalker Wrote:  Buddhism is more of a way of life for me. Being humble, harming no one etc.

For most, it is more of a philosophy than a religion.
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07-06-2014, 06:25 PM
Post: #16
RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
Buddhists concern themselves with the cultivation of the power of the cosmos within themselves, they consider witchcraft in the same vein as sorcery...which is alien to the Buddhists belief.

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07-06-2014, 06:26 PM (This post was last modified: 07-06-2014 06:32 PM by ChaosRose.)
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
(07-06-2014 06:25 PM)pix Wrote:  Buddhists concern themselves with the cultivation of the power of the cosmos within themselves, they consider witchcraft in the same vein as sorcery...which is alien to the Buddhists belief.

Read above link.

"Though Buddhism is not often thought of as a religion that practices magic, in such communities as those found in Thailand and Cambodia, there can be no doubt that Buddhism shares common ground with belief systems that are primarily associated with the use of magic."

Buddhism has and continues to be practiced right alongside indigenous folk magic. These people don't see the contradiction that Westerners seem to think exists.

"...the boundary between the use of magic by the indigenous tradition of Thailand and the practice of Buddhism is not apparent to many of the inhabitants of Thailand themselves. This is most likely due to the fact that the people of rural Thailand are raised in a society where the two systems are found closely entwined together."

So a syncretic belief system has emerged, such as has occurred with Vodou, Santeria, and even some aspects of Hoodoo.
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07-06-2014, 06:28 PM
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Rose I really don't want to get into all this with you again...being pedantic and nitpicking I really don't know why...have you something you feel you need to prove?
Buddhists consider witchcraft the same as sorcery and feel that it usually abused and not used for the greater good.
Now if you want to start breaking down all the different aspects of witchcraft/paganism etc etc then be my guest I have better things to do with my time.
Please note I did say that to try and define all the different aspects requested could take ages as it not cut and dried plus we all have our own interpretations.
Bottom line is you have to find what is right for you and sometimes it just doesn't fit into any one category...full stop!!

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07-06-2014, 06:33 PM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
(07-06-2014 06:28 PM)pix Wrote:  Rose I really don't want to get into all this with you again...being pedantic and nitpicking I really don't know why...have you something you feel you need to prove?
Buddhists consider witchcraft the same as sorcery and feel that it usually abused and not used for the greater good.
Now if you want to start breaking down all the different aspects of witchcraft/paganism etc etc then be my guest I have better things to do with my time.
Please note I did say that to try and define all the different aspects requested could take ages as it not cut and dried plus we all have our own interpretations.
Bottom line is you have to find what is right for you and sometimes it just doesn't fit into any one category...full stop!!

Which Buddhists are you talking about? I have provided a link that states Thai and Cambodian Buddhists in particular have no issues with folk magic. In fact, a syncretic belief system has emerged involving indigenous folk magic beliefs AND Buddhism. I'm sorry that doesn't fit into your paradigm, but no need to get nasty with me.
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07-06-2014, 06:40 PM
Post: #20
RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
Last note upon looking at your link..this appears to just be a small offshoot confined to Cambodia which isn't Buddhism in it's true state, it was (if you read through) integrated with the locals belief systems to become more acceptable to the region. The normal practice is to cultivate their own inner cosmic power and become one with the cosmos.

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