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Re: [humanism-174] Re: new member update

From: Josh
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:50 AM
Some great points here all around.  I'm with Richard and Micheal, that while I think that Tibetan Buddhism has some of the best values of any religion out there, I still can't side with the whole reincarnation and choosing the the reborn leader from birth thing. That doesn't mean that we can't take the good parts from Buddhism and use them to make ourselves better

I also thought Maude made a great comment, " They certainly wouldn't be threatened by the science of it, would definitely find it worthwhile to know how the brain does it, but it wouldn't change a darn thing about their meditation practice or how they live their lives."

That tends to be my view on most things.  When someone asks me if I believe in god, my typical answer is not yes, no, or maybe.  My answer is, "Does it matter?  I don't think it would change the way I live me life."


On Jan 24,[masked]:49 AM, richard <[address removed]> wrote:
And at that point is why I am not a Buddhist because I reject all things supernatural.
The experiences that Buddhists and I have are only produced by the brain and that is what science is interested in.


Michael <[address removed]> wrote:
The Dalai Lama is a wonderful human being; a clear and open mind, a loving and compassionate heart, a kind and friendly demeanor, and a clear understanding of Buddhism, clearer  than  almost any others.  

There is a lot of value in his words.  What he says about nature and social behavior is accurate, but not much else.  He has been brought up within a rich religious tradition, steeped with mythical and supernatural beliefs.  His view of life is no more real than any Christians. 

Michael


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