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Buddhism is True

Buddhism is True

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  1. I love Buddhism and have a very high regard for many of its teachings, but I’m not a fan of this quote. The claim that Buddhism is not a religion is often made, but it is based on a very narrow definition of religion and a blurring of the distinctions between the various forms of Buddhism. I think people often confuse religion with theism. A belief system does not need to hold to some kind of theism to be a religion. While most versions of Buddhism are not theistic, they most certainly have beliefs about ultimate reality and other marks of ‘religion’ such as rituals, symbols, formative myths, ethics, etc., etc., There is also a presumption here that there is only one Buddhism, and this is simply not the case. Some versions of Buddhism do actually include belief in gods. Finally, the claim that Buddhism is ‘true’ in some way that lifts it above ‘historical fabrication through imagination and mental speculation’ is highly problematic. Thanks as always, Jessica, for stimulating posts!

    Namaste

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    1. Hi Chris. Your comment is interesting. Do you really believe that Buddhism is all about imagination and mental speculation? Perhaps this is not what you meant, since earlier you say you have a high regard for it, .

      The claim that Buddhism is ‘true’ in some way that ‘lifts it above ‘historical fabrication through imagination and mental speculation’ is not highly problematic’. It is not even problematic. It is the claim that Buddhism makes. The idea that it is all about imagination and speculation an easily identified error since it would be exactly the opposite of the truth. This is no doubt the reason why some people would rather not call it a religion, in order to avoid this unfortunate misunderstanding.

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  2. I would say that Buddhism is a religion, and that it would be important to see it as such. But it would also be a science of mind, a philosophical scheme, a fundamental theory and other things. And in all cases it would be true in my not so humble opinion.

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      1. Yes. It is a contentious issue and would all depends on the definitions. I just happen to think that it would be a mistake to deny that Buddhism is a religion when for millions of people this is exactly what it is and what they want it to be, and perhaps even what they need it to be.

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