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November 11, 2010

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BUDDHISM ALWAYS LEAVES AN IMPRESSION ON ME , MAY BE I AM A REACTIONARY --- DON'T KNOW

Taking up your 'stripping out religiosity' point: Buddhism is basically a multi-meme complex. Gautama's insight is the opposite of what constitutes a meme - it's an ever-fresh living encounter.

A religion's value lies in that which can be found beneath its memeplex (if anything!!)


I liked this,

"......________instructed in the manner of a philosopher, a lover of wisdom. He/she taught and modeled a viable way to human flourishing, and did so rooted firmly in everyday life."

---Now the fun shall begin.....

"There's nothing wrong with religions that can't be made right by stripping religiosity out of them."

But surely this is exactly the problem of all religions and spirituality, which is that they are open to interpretation.

If the Buddha's teachings included concepts like reincarnation and karma - then interpretations that discount these concepts are a different religion.

Moreover, Bachelor is doing exactly what I believe accounts for the creation of religions. People seek meaning behind things. Some supposedly 'original' teaching or revelation undergoes a continual process of modification as people interpret the teachings to suit their own time and conditioning. So they all end up squabbling over the 'Truth'. What is worse, there is no way of knowing if the 'original' teachings are actually original at all, or also merely draw on previous influences. All that could be said about the Buddha's teachings, is that he saw the world through his own personal lens or perspective.

Ultimately though how can we know which truth is correct?

How do we know which religosity is to be stripped? How can one strip religosity from religion? Who defines what is religiousity or not?

George, by "religiosity" I was thinking mostly of supernatural beliefs which aren't capable of being evaluated via demonstrable evidence of a scientific sort.

For example, Buddhist beliefs involving immaterial consciousness would be religious. But Buddhist meditation practices aimed at making the mind/brain calmer, more focused, and compassionate can be investigated via the methods of neuroscience -- brain scanners and such.

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