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  •  I am resisting nothing. (0+ / 0-)

    Indeed, I will simply quote myself again:

    well sure. That's because the mystic traditions are all individualistic. Some people NEED that god-crutch, and so they get it.  Some people don't need it, so they don't get it.  (shrug)
    Those who need a god-thing, can have one.  Those who don't, can not.  Buddhism doesn't care one way or the other.  (shrug)

    What seems to be the problem with that?

    You seem to be insisting that Buddhism has gods, then insisting you don't like it because it has gods---even though nothing in it requires any gods.

    It's a pigeonhole that simply doesn't fit.  (shrug)

    •  I never said I don't like it because it has gods (0+ / 0-)

      I gave various other reasons for disliking Buddhism.

      The problem here is that you've separated Buddhism out as a "mystic tradition" different from much of the actual practice of Buddhism so that you can claim it isn't really religious "at its core", along with all other "eastern mystic traditions" which you seem to define as those traditions that aren't really religious at their core. But that's not Buddhism in general, just a small bit of it. So yeah, what you're saying is true about some Buddhism, but not all by any stretch of the imagination.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Fri May 03, 2013 at 10:44:30 AM PDT

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      •  I can only repeat once more . . . (0+ / 0-)

        Need a god-thing?  Have a god-thing.

        Don't need a god-thing?  Don't have one.

        It's all Buddhism. Buddhism doesn't have anything you "have to believe in".

        That's what baffles the westerners. (shrug)

        •  I'm not baffled at all (0+ / 0-)

          In fact, that's exactly what I said, some sects have gods. You're pushing an orientalist view that makes these religions/philosophies more unitary than they are in fact. That's my issue. I am very well versed on Buddhism, both "mystic" and other sorts. The last thing I need is a lecture on how I just don't understand things because I'm an atheist. I made some points and your response was basically "man, but you don't understand." I do understand perfectly well.

          If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

          by AoT on Fri May 03, 2013 at 12:31:34 PM PDT

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