I'm new here, and I was unable to find a similar topic so I started my own!
Philosophy has always intrigued me, and I got my hands on some Buddhist literature.
Once you cut away the mythical allusions, Buddhism really has a solid moral code. It emphasizes impermanence and self-lessness and eschews materialism.
my question is: is it possible to be "buddhist" and an atheist at the same time? or is it it's own thing?
help is appreciated.
It's funny you bring this up, because of all the religions out there, Buddhism is the one that intrigues me the most...
Honestly though, I don't know too much about it. As far as I know, you don't have to believe in a god to be Buddhist because it's more like a general set of rules to live by rather than some sort of god telling you to live your life a certain way or be "damned for all eternity..." I think...
I don't know for sure, I could be totally wrong about this! Those are just my thoughts :) I hope that helped you in some way!
Buddhism is a non-exclusive spiritual philosophy. As such, I would argue that you could easily combine it with just about any theology or even no theology at all. Some forms of it are indeed Atheistic, one of the few Atheist religions out there. It's not half bad either. Buddhists have spent a lot of time doing introspective study of the mind. Naturally, they seem to be getting a lot of things right (it's being verified by neuroscience).
I suggest you look up Alan Watts. You can find a lot of his stuff on youtube. I've found that a lot of what he says meshes well with Atheism and is just pretty awesome overall.
umm help me understand, and i hope i am not tracking off here.. but i find a little similarity in some buddhist principles and that of christianity in that they both believe that man's birth is to suffer, that we must cut short our cravings/wants/aspirations.. seems like a denial of the over reaching aspiration of the humanism, which is very anti-christian. i see a replay of the whole Icarus myth here.. though their philosophy of the middle path is worth a note, isnt the purpose still the same?
so if anyway you;re giving up all that is material.. exactly what is that your true potential is referring too? like the inner peace and happiness?
so then its impossible for the outer and inner solace to exist it resonance?
but there is really no tab on what is excess and what is need.. so the dilemma of this choice too lies within.. i guess thats what gautama meant by "cravings" amd obviously when one has stopped running behind.. there will be peace on either side.. ahh enlightenment!
"only as much"... tough call, that one. but then again, it isnt meant to be easy to come out of the suffering either!
what about its take on nirvana? the breaking of this worldly cycle... again quite christian in its romanticising the other side of this world... almost echoes that this life is not the best thing to be... ??
yeah i think i went into a different zone altogether.. i guess adopting from the philosophies of the more progressive religions/cults etc may bring answers for the quest of life...
about the nirvana and afterlife.. i only seem to draw parallels in the desirability of the post in both cases.. as though the present life is not enough to celebrate
Yes, I certainly take as much of the Buddhist philosophy as I can and try to live it. It is hard, harder than being able to pray my wrong away, but Buddhism and T(D)aoism are great philosophies that can coexist with a lack of belief in the supernatural.