6 thoughts on “2012/03/07 – 2012 & My Reply to a Buddhist

    1. Yes, the “Buddha Boy” sits on his butt for days at a time “contemplating”…”to free humankind and all living creatures.” Oh, yeah. Good luck with that.

  1. I hate to tell you this, but it really doesn’t sound like you know much of anything about the history or principles of Buddhism beyond the mainstream claptrap spouted by new-age practitioners, i.e., you seem to misunderstand Buddhism in the same way Christians seem to misunderstand atheists. In principle, Buddha REJECTED metaphysical speculation, which is why in many circles Buddhism is considered atheistic. There are many branches that practice contrary to the Buddha’s teachings, often syncretically retaining tradition and lore from its contemporaneous rival Hinduism by worshiping the Buddha as some manner of deity, but if you proceed beyond the conspicuous superficial legends and idiosyncratic practices perpetrated by the milieu, and critically examine the extant literature left by the man himself, it reads far more like metaphorical philosophy or psychology than preternatural voodoo. He himself claimed to be no more than a man, denying any divinity whatsoever, and basing his teachings around a very progressive, humanistic reality-based system that placed the understanding of human suffering, the transience of life, and reflection upon the ego at the core of approaching peace and happiness.

    I’m strictly an atheist myself, but I’ve at the very least read through the Dhammapadda and the Four Noble Truths, and the myths of a cadre of other Proto-Indo-European societies (like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Rig Veda, Epic of Gilgamesh, etc.). The Buddhist teachings may at times invoke nonsensical fluff void of substantial intellectual rigor, but so did Socrates in the Platonic dialogues, by which I mean to say that despite its logical pitfalls there still exists many an influential, interesting and thought-provoking idea to be found. Your post resounds with a cursory, layman’s understanding of the topic, and I encourage you to research more about Buddhism and other religions before attempting to systematically and didactically deconstruct their innards and lay bare their faults.

    1. I understand that Buddha himself left no written instructions and that his followers only decided to write down the oral tradition nearly a half-century after Buddha’s death. Given the sweep of that interval of time and the numerous schools, sects and divisions that exist within the Buddhist religion (and it does qualify as a religion, “atheist” or not), I have to consider almost all of what Buddha “said” to be legendary and at the very least, assert that it is impossible to locate any authentic teachings of Buddha that have survived. And although I have not gone through every detail of Buddhism and read and compared everything that has been written about it by all the various groups and denominations, what I am interested in is what appears to be within Buddhism a singular preoccupation with “enlightenment” and how to escape the suffering within the world via the metaphysical certainty of reincarnation, and these are the points I have underlined and emphasized. To consider an atheism that is beholden to metaphysical ideas like transmigration and eternally blissful realms only shows how atheism can be considered a religion, but that isn’t my concern. My concern is why Buddhism has failed as a religion, philosophy and moral force in the world. If I have stated something that is false or misunderstood within this or if you have something relevant to say about this, I am very interested in what you or anyone has to share.

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