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  •  Problems with Buddhism? (0+ / 0-)

    It is a religion first of all, which doesn't bode well for it.

    It teaches that reincarnation is a fact of the universe and has no more evidence for that than any other aftelife tale.

    It allows young boys to be removed from their homes at very young ages to attend monasteries where they are taught things before they have the ability to comprehend them. In other words... brainwashing.

    The Dalai Lama, who is often quite delightful, also wants to be called "Your Holiness".  That really bugs me.

    Are you sure the real reason for declining your speaker wasn't because she was a she?  Buddhism is pretty much a male dominated religion.

    The part of you that was reaction against this inward thinking nonsense was your humanist side. Cultivate that, and maybe you can stop looking for "wisdom" from people who aren't any more knowledgable about the universe than anyone else.

    However, all that being said, I think meditation has been scientifically shown to be beneficial to health, so I consider that the eastern religions' one gift to the world.

    •  I disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      The Buddha said that women as well as men can reach enlightenment - and don't confuse local variations of Buddhism with what the Buddha taught - the Buddha offered the monastic life to women as well as men - and considering this was over 2500 years ago, the fact that he never reached perfect equality between nuns and monks is still commendable. The Buddha did not believe in reincarnation - rebirth is more complicated and more subtle than the idea that some permanent self, atman or soul leaves our body at birth and appears in another object ready to be born - rebirth relates to the idea that we can't find nirvana until we end desire and clinging and that what we do in this life - our karma - effects future lives: I think of it like this: if a father is a poor example of a person, his "rebirth" is in the form of the suffering it takes upon his children - the same being that our ideas and actions are "reborn" as they are carried forward by others - long after our bodily demise.

    •  Buddhism & reincarnation (0+ / 0-)

      Reincarnation was a parable or myth in ancient times, people were frightened of being reborn as a rat or cockroach, sort of like other religions who were, and still are in many cases, scared they're going to burn in a pit of fire for eternity. Reincarnation in Buddhism exists in your current life. it's intertwined with Karma, basically becoming a better or worse person based on your actions.

      Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture

      by nezzclay on Fri May 03, 2013 at 02:53:41 PM PDT

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