My Buddhist friend defined Buddhism is one sentence; Buddhism follows nature.
It took me years to be able to accept this statement and understand all of the context which it brings. Buddhism is just one of the Human treasures which must be preserved for the future generations.
Any thoughts on the simple statement? How do you understand and state the fundamental theory?
"Christianity follows nature". Yeah...follows human nature of stupidity, ignorance, crulty and mass insanity. Bhuddism is only slightly better.
Bhuddist and Hindu texts offer some insights into human psychology and nature:
difference exists between the mind (subject) and the datum of the mind (object), there is a simultaneous relation between them in that when the subject is negated the object is also negated,
The bible with it's list of genocides and cruel laws...seems like infantile rediculous caveman bable compared to this. Bhuddist doctrine still fails to properly understand nature and apply their lessons. In nature you find species where males or females are dominant (or neither is dominant) yet there will be no woman Dalai Lama in any major school. The senior nun is lower than the junior monk. Then there is asceticism which is about as contrary to nature as possible (here Bhuddists and Hindus rule). Denying yourself any pleasure and your basic human needs is as counter to nature as you can get.
The bible and Koran tell a story with beginning and end and doesn't touch on how cyclic nature and the world is. At least Bhuddish and Hindu texts do. However Bhuddist put specific numbers on these cycles (years in between, specific descriptions of what comes first, second, third) wihtout realising that the variation on the rate of change follows no clear pattern and it depends entirely on context and scale. Predictions with some likelihood...yes...hard numbers...no. But then we add the reincarnation cycle and we've lost human psychology and nature. Nature may reveal that the material from a human Caracas can be consumed or degrade or fly around in dust or feed other organisms...there isn't a single example from nature which shows the essence of a life moves onto a newborn creature. It becomes utterly insane to think that we will be reborn as a certain creature based on a scale of desireability based on your life deeds. In nature...the only record of a creatures life's deeds is an unreliable record in their brain that turns to jelly after death. Nature shows no soul or essence or deeds bookkeeping or hierarchy of desirable species etc.
And then there are the numbered stuff. The six realms, the seven dimentions and other woo filled blah. These theories show a small amount of insight but it doesn't come from nature but instead on the tortured human living in advanced civilisation. You'll find no "the six realms of rebirth" by observing animals, you'll find no seven factors of englightenment while watching the cosmos, no seven dimensions when studying evolution, no six perfections when watching birth and death in nature and no three poisons when studying the cycle of water or weather patterns. While it's admirable that they took on human psychology and gave concrete terms, definitions, numbers, data, claims...(something the bible never does) they still got so much wrong.
Suffering comes from desire, and desire comes from ignorance and ignorance comes from the erroneous belief that there is a self.
While that is light years ahead of Christian holy text and philosophy, it's still poetry more than "definition, explanation and falsifiability".
The different schools of bhudism also have various levels of engagement with the supernatural, ranging from trivial strange things like divining another persons Dharma to full out nut-case religion with a pantheon of God like beings and magical summonings and ritual personal sacrafice. Bhuddism is almost never the "philosophical exploration of life" as it is portrayed by so many westerners. It is a religion with some philosophical exploration of life, a little insightful with much of their speculations being drawn from the inspiration of nature...but also a lot of it wrong and much of it poetry rather than withstanding scrutiny.