On youtube, Atheism, Empirical Attitudes, and Buddhism

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On youtube, Atheism, Empirical Attitudes, and Buddhism

Postby a mask with no face » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:30 pm

The description of the video on youtube reads: "A discussion of Atheism, Empiricism, and one religion's claim to be scientific. Why do so many Buddhists argue that this religion is merely "a science of the mind", or "a rational philosophy not requiring faith", etc.? Given its history, what is the future of Buddhism?"

http://youtu.be/bjTr1hQ9_WY
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Re: On youtube, Atheism, Empirical Attitudes, and Buddhism

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:48 pm

So, who is this bald-headed guy and why should we care what he has to say?
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: On youtube, Atheism, Empirical Attitudes, and Buddhism

Postby Sam Vara » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:13 pm

tiltbillings wrote:So, who is this bald-headed guy and why should we care what he has to say?


Well, here's his blog, where, if inclined, one can find more of the same.

http://a-bas-le-ciel.blogspot.co.uk/

I have to say that I find myself a bit underwhelmed. There is a lot of what passes for academic style and mannerisms, but precious little of substance. The main contention seems to be that there is in the West a willful disregard of some aspects of the Buddha's teachings because the supernaturalist and "non-rational" aspects are somehow inconvenient. I'm sure there are some people who feel this way; but then again, there are many others who don't, so I'm not sure what he is getting at.
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Re: On youtube, Atheism, Empirical Attitudes, and Buddhism

Postby m0rl0ck » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:48 pm

I dont understand the need to justify buddhism on the altar of scientism.

I mean really, buddhism is subjective and science is empirical and objective. If you arent smart enough to figure out that there wont be much common ground there, unless you start making stuff up, what is your opinion worth anyway?
"When you meditate, don't send your mind outside. Don't fasten onto any knowledge at all. Whatever knowledge you've gained from books or teachers, don't bring it in to complicate things. Cut away all preoccupations, and then as you meditate let all your knowledge come from what's going on in the mind. When the mind is quiet, you'll know it for yourself. But you have to keep meditating a lot. When the time comes for things to develop, they'll develop on their own. Whatever you know, have it come from your own mind.
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