Questions for Buddhists
I've always been fascinated by religion and philosophy. Although I am not religious, I attempt to educate myself as much as possible on exactly what I choose not to believe in. Recently, I've been reading a lot about Buddhism and I have a few questions for anyone that can give a well-informed answer.
What is the difference between Buddhahood and nirvana? All Buddhas have obtained nirvana by definition, but are all those who have obtained nirvana considered Buddhas?
Attachment is a delusion that breeds great suffering and cultivates bad karma. What is the Buddhist's stance on friendship and romantic relationships? From what I understand, in order to escape samsara, one cannot have any feelings of attachment for a significant other. Where do marriage and boyfriends/girlfriends come into play?
How could anyone consider themselves a true Buddhist without renouncing all worldly possessions and becoming a monk?
I really like the ideals and messages Buddhism has to offer, but I could never practice it realistically. Any Buddhists here care to enlighten me?
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