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Re: [bostonatheists] The Dream Realized: Dr. Meikle Paschal Shares His Personal Journey

From: user 2.
Sent on: Monday, June 3, 2013 4:03 PM
Mike-  thank you for recommending this talk. If I did not have a prior commitment I would have attended. I also want to thank those who asked questions about its relevance. It was a good, and brief, discussion.

Since atheism isn't a belief system, we have different philosophies and won't agree on what is relevant. So I want to thank folks who do make recommendations and we can individually decide.

For me, atheism is a disbelief in any gods. In that sense, many nontheistic belief systems, such as many schools of Buddhism can be considered atheistic.

 In this country we tend to think in terms of the three major theistic Western religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and our atheism is strongly influenced by this.

I do not believe in any gods or goddesses or in the supernatural. However, if atheism is simply the disbelief in gods, then it is not surprising to find superstitious atheists or those who have beliefs in the supernatural but do not believe in gods. That includes some non-Western belief systems.





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On Jun 2, 2013, at 11:23 AM, Ann <[address removed]> wrote:

Thank you, Mike.  What you say makes a lot of sense.  I'm glad you enjoyed the talk.
 
Annie
 

From: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [bostonatheists] The Dream Realized: Dr. Meikle Paschal Shares His Personal Journey
To: [address removed]
Date: Sat, 1 Jun[masked]:02:42 -0400

There are two reasons I thought people here would be interested...

1. Dr. Paschal has done so much work with minority youth to help steer them into a better life. I think the term humanist implies an interest in a better life and a better planet. At least it does to me.
2. As noted by his book title, "The Black Buddhist", he is now a Buddhist. His journey from Christianity (Catholic) to Atheist to Buddhist is meaningful and, I believe, has reasoning that I think the Humanist community would benefit from understanding.

I enjoyed the talk and Q&A. If your only interest is in keeping us a secular society, you likely wouldn't care.

AllTheBest.

    ~Mike


From: Ann <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Saturday, June 1,[masked]:49 PM
Subject: RE: [bostonatheists] The Dream Realized: Dr. Meikle Paschal Shares His Personal Journey

Thank you, Mike, for sharing this.  But I was thinking the same thing as Nick.   Why???  Why would this particular lecture prove interesting to Humanists??   As a Humanist, I'm not interested in hearing a Christian tell me why their discovery of Jesus made them "succeed where so many others fail".    This seems to me to be the same thing.
 
Are we going to have the giant discussion now about whether Buddhism is a religion or a philosophy?   From the admittedly small amount I know about Buddhism, it smells a lot like a religion to me.
 
Maybe someone here can educate me?
 
Annie
 

From: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [bostonatheists] The Dream Realized: Dr. Meikle Paschal Shares His Personal Journey
To: [address removed]
Date: Fri, 31 May [masked]:11:36 -0400

Why????????

From: Mike Hanauer <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, May 30,[masked]:10 AM
Subject: [bostonatheists] The Dream Realized: Dr. Meikle Paschal Shares His Personal Journey

This may prove interesting to Humanists...
AllTheBest.

The Dream Realized: Dr. Meikle Paschal Shares His Personal Journey            
Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m.  in the Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue . Lexington, MA 02420

 
   Meikle Paschal photo.

Join us as Lexington author Dr. Meikle Paschal shares the spiritual and personal journey described in his new book, The Black Buddhist .
 
Dr. Pascal was born and raised in the projects of Boston. As a young black man, he was uncomfortable in his own skin, fighting the pressure of a racist society that he felt kept the cards stacked against him. 

Today, in his mid-60's, he has found his way to both personal and professional success. In this program, Dr. Paschal will describe his transformative journey. 

Overcoming the poverty, drug abuse and racism of his early years, Meikle Paschal was able to get an education, earn a doctorate, and become a respected educator. Dr. Paschal is retired from a long and successful career as a teacher and administrator with the Boston Public Schools, and is  currently teaching at Massachusetts Bay Community College. His passion is working with non-traditional and unprepared college students, very much like the person he used to be.

How did he succeed when so many others fail? Dr. Paschal credits his practice of Buddhism with providing the wisdom and compassion that has transformed his life. Through the teachings of Buddha, Paschal was able to bring order and discipline to his life and to discover the pathways which have led him to inner peace. Join us as he shares his story...a look within that provides a lesson for us all.

Refreshments will be served. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. Copies of The Black Buddhist will be available for sale at the event ($15.00 paperback). 
 
 
 
    ~Mike




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