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    The Buddha specifically said that there were many paths to the Truth, that his Path was not suitable for all, and that people interested in what he had to say should try his Path with an open mind before deciding whether to follow it or not.

    He also said that the worship of Gods was not helpful to the followers of the Buddha's Path.

    The version of Buddhism I am studying hold that there is That There Is, that it has no attributes, no conditions, no personality, that it IS, neither part of the universe or not-part of the universe, and that coming to some understanding of this will bring peace and happiness.

    So in a sense I am studying a godless religion.

    I like the First Nations concept of "a path with heart." There are many such. I think that finding the Path that is right for you is one of the most important tasks of a human being.

    •  Buddhism is kind of unique... (0+ / 0-)

      because it is as you say a godless religion, an oxymoron to many of us who are believers.  But like Karen Armstrong's broader definition of religion, it is a meta framework that helps people chart their course thru life.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

      by leftyparent on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 02:46:47 PM PDT

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