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.
the breaking of this worldly cycle... again quite christian in its romanticising the other side of this world...
This is a bit of a reach. This is, in part, because timelines would probably render the statement the other way around, but mostly because Buddhist Nirvana and a Christian afterlife bear almost no resemblance to each other beyond, perhaps, a few cosmetic details.
I agree with what Kris said...
I'm not trying to talk about all of Buddhism, I'm just talking about some specific teachings, like the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold path...
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.
exactly! and, what little superstition there is can be easily ignored!
Ayushi, I don't believe in reincarnation, so I haven't even contemplated the Buddhist version of the afterlife. If done correctly, Buddhism is life a buffet, you choose what you want, and ignore what you don't want.