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Old 07-21-2018, 12:45 AM   #1
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How to make a Buddhist monk for use in Dungeon Fantasy? I would think that enlightenment would be different than the Divine. Enlightenment would give understanding of the true nature of reality while the Divine would grant holy powers to the cleric. The Buddhist would try to escape the endless cycle of death and rebirth by attaining moksha or liberation from desires while the cleric would appeal directly to the deity he or she worships to join Him in heaven. The Buddhist desires to go to Nirvana which is outside of Heaven and does not need to even have a deity. The Buddhist achieves this by himself while the cleric needs the Divine to achieve this

The Buddhist would have a different take on the Infernal than would the cleric. He would see the demons as being trapped into a spiritual samsara where they are held by their hatred, envy, sadism and lust. He would attempt to sooth their negative energy with the peaceful Buddhist energy which would cause the demon to become weakened but not through violent holy energy like the cleric but instead through peaceful energy that nullifies the demon. The Buddhist may even be able to get the demon to escape samsara.

Magic and wizardry would also be thought of as being part of samsara. Magic requires understanding spells and the channeling of magical energy to because of this it is not truly real. Thus the laws of gravity are an illusion and so the Buddhist understanding this is able to ignore them and thus can fly. The Buddhist is also able to understand the true nature of reality and would thus be able to see through deceptions and magical illusions. He could see a persons past lives and understand their weaknesses because he will know how the laws of Karma shaped him in this life from the past life. The Buddhist could understand the everything is changing and thus be able to control this and allow healing at a much faster rate than naturally occurs. Theses are some ideas, anyone have any others? Thanks,
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:32 AM   #2
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How to make a Buddhist monk for use in Dungeon Fantasy?
As a cleric. Details of religious beliefs would be handled by roleplaying and choice of skills/spells.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:38 AM   #3
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As a cleric. Details of religious beliefs would be handled by roleplaying and choice of skills/spells.
Or as a Martial Artist (the Shaolin monks that inspired the D&D Monk class are after all Buddhist monks).

Or as any other class whatsoever - anybody can after all adopt Buddhism, or for that matter most other religions.

Or as an NPC with no adventuring relevant skills at all, which is how you should model most professions that approximate real world ones, religious or not. Arguably monks of almost any sort would have responsibilities and vows that would keep them from going down into holes in the ground to kill things and loot their possessions.
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Old 07-21-2018, 10:50 AM   #4
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Although Dungeon Fantasy isn't Yrth/Banestorm, some of those assumptions can be used. Assume that the populace came to this world from elsewhere. Groups where dropped down in choppy clumps, a village here, a monastery or nunnery there, ships and travelers lost and strangely found.

The conventional dungeon fantasy world is based either on Tolkien or Howard, well just dump a Buddhist Monastery with a powerful and charismatic abbot in charge into an area of confusion and fear. Let the abbot unify the people. The local churchmen and the pagans can't talk to each other, but the Buddhist monks can.

Several centuries later, a Buddhist monk is just a monk with a slightly different culture. He has a rivalry with the Christian monks, but they behave themselves as a matter of honor.

Now, Buddha forbade miracles, so the Buddhist monks don't use miracles. However, they'd be practical about magic and practical skills. Buddhist monks would be up front Wizards that the locals could trust for esoteric knowledge and pragmatic assistance.

Picture a small isolated village beset by orcs. The Buddhist monk doesn't simply smite the orcs, he asks, "Why do these orcs attack here?" and "How do they do it?" Then he would analyze the problem and snip it in the bud.

So your Buddhist Monk would be a war mage optimized for strategic thinking and information gathering.
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Old 07-21-2018, 01:26 PM   #5
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Buddhist Singing Bowl. When chimed this bowl dispels any mind control on the listener. It allows lucid thought for as long as the bowl vibrates.
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