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Buddhism For Atheists

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jimmy May 31, 2016. 39 Replies

Buddhism is a philosophy.   Buddhism can be practiced by anyone of any religion, Agnostic,  Atheist, etc.The following are the words and teachings of the Buddha --- anything else should be considered…Continue

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Unseen replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Atheists'
"This is a Hinduism story, but I suppose it could be adapted for Buddhism. The guru was sitting in the square with several dozen students enraptured by his sermons. He was discoursing on the concept of Maya, the notion that the world is merely an…"
Jan 28, 2016
Jack Mayfield replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Atheists'
"I'm sure you are correct."
Jan 28, 2016
Unseen replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Atheists'
"Logical positivism didn't exist until the 1920's so I think we can forgive Gautama for not satisfying LP's standards. I think you may be missing the point of this post, or if not the point, what you could be taking away from it, which…"
Jan 28, 2016
Jack Mayfield replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Atheists'
"We have watched the Christian, Muslim, and Hinduism evolve and in some cases make radical changes.   The Buddha did not advocate future or past lives.  The Buddha did not teach Gods, heaven or hell.   All these machinations came from…"
Jan 1, 2016
Helena Rivka Suwalski replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"There are several forms of Buddhism, it is not one monolithic entity or belief system. Some of them believe in gods and others do not. In so far as it is purely a philosophy it advocates that one prevent suffering by purging desire and thereby…"
Jan 1, 2016
Jack Mayfield replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
""What I dislike most about Buddhism is something that is very similar to Christianity. It suggests that the purpose of life is to better oneself," Just to clarify your above statement, are you saying that is a killer sees the error of…"
Dec 23, 2015
MikeLong replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"I'd say "not thinking" is pretty much the objective of meditating. I look at my dog. He's looking at me to find any signal of what I might do next. Simultaneously he's sniff-sampling the air for anything worth…"
Dec 23, 2015
SteveInCO replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"I'm pretty sure the "Make me one with everything" joke didn't originally come from Hitchens; I heard it almost 20 years ago."
Dec 22, 2015
Jack Mayfield replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"In short, yes.   I wish my grass did not have brown spots.   To what degree I allow myself to suffer over this is mine alone.  I wish Raquel Welsh would answer my love letters, I wish my wife could better, I wish my health was better…"
Dec 21, 2015
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"I should have credited my 2 jokes above to Hitchens. I can't remember where but I am sure someone here will remind us of the video. I only drink alcohol on one day of the year,  April the 13th. One glass of the Breakfast of…"
Dec 21, 2015
matt.clerke replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"I disagree. I assume Buddha went into more detail, can you explain how suffering arises from attachment to desires? Is this true for all desires? i.e. any desire one is attached to will cause suffering?"
Dec 21, 2015
Jack Mayfield replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"To answer your query: No. I have lamented the death of Chris Hitchens.  I have been concerned about who could take up his mantel and fight for Reason  ---- Aron Ra is impressive and may well be the leader who could fill the void left by…"
Dec 21, 2015
Davis Goodman replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"I never thought of it that way. Brilliant Humanist analysis Reg!!!"
Dec 21, 2015
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"Do you happen to know Aron Ra :-)"
Dec 21, 2015
Jack Mayfield replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"And in my secret life I am:  Twoshoepattyfoot and The Stink Creek Holy Roller Salvation Caravan Band And Mystical Magic Show   My bio can be found on any major Post Office bulletin board.  Absolutely not…"
Dec 21, 2015
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Jack Mayfield's discussion 'Buddhism For Aheist'
"I remain calm whether I suffer pain or am indulging any nihilistic desires. I can get moments of clarity from both :-)"
Dec 21, 2015

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My bio can be found on any major Post Office bulletin board. Absolutely not my best picture, but then I was not the one who chose the photographer.
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings with a single bound, I am charming beyond description and winner of the Mr. America contest (twice) without entering.
A Flagrant violator of socially acceptable behavior, I am bored, angry and only marginally intelligent, a walking contradiction of myself, consistently inconsistent, a prudish pervert, a violent pacifist, and an ordained atheist priest.
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Looking for sanity in my life ---- trying to eliminate those things that defy reason.
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Christian
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God wouldn't speak to me, wouldn't answer my prayers, wouldn't show me the way, and his followers were a royal pain. I decided these people were not the type of people who knew the God they promoted --- So, I became my own God.
Have been happy ever since
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At 6:00am on December 13, 2015, Jim Smith said…

The thing I like about politics here is that there are so many political parties it's almost impossible for any one to seize control by themselves. Coalitions must be formed. That means no one can get too nasty with someone else. You might need them on something next week. Things are far more civil here. It also means things happen very slowly. With a government body, that can be a good thing. It also takes there forever to make a big mistake.

I read about Ted and Trump and realize it's not the same country any more and probably never will be.

At 5:16pm on December 12, 2015, Jim Smith said…

It's true, "A prophet is without honor in his own country."

That's why I live in Brazil.

At 3:28pm on December 12, 2015, Jim Smith said…

You must be a brilliant man. You think about the same way I do! :)

At 3:02pm on December 12, 2015, Jim Smith said…

I did start small. I was 13, as I said. Now I AM a senior citizen (73). That alone should allow me to do as I please, no? After all, I survived some physical assaults by "good christians" to "teach me a lesson." I did learn it, too. Some christian are arrogant assholes.

At 4:35am on December 8, 2015, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Hello Jack and welcome to Think Atheist.

 
 
 

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