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

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:40 PM
I don't know... Buddhism does appear to be vastly different than other major religions. Noticeably absent is any sort of creation myth, or any supreme being for that matter. Seems more like a set of philosophies dealing with the nature of reality. Yeah, there's some made-up stuff though-
As seen in the Basic Points of Buddhism, one general doctrine agreed upon by Buddhists is: "We do not believe that this world is created and ruled by a God." However, disbelief in a creator God does not mean that Buddhism is atheistic.
In Mahayana Buddhism, the universe is populated with celestial buddhas, bodhisattvas, and deities that assist and inspire the Buddhist practitioner. Among the most popular are Kuan Yin, the Medicine Buddha, the Laughing Buddha and the Green and White Taras.
Well, their made-up stuff is certainly more fun than other religions'.

As for Buddhism's supernatural side, check this out:
On Jan 24,[masked]:46 AM, 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. 


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