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Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

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Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

Postby robertk » Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:12 pm

I had a discussion with a well-known science writer some years back who was very interested in Buddhism. The way it had been presented to him was as a kind of ethical humanism .
But then he took the time to actually study the teachings and found them replete with kamma, rebirth, devas, hell realms.
It didn't fit with his worldview, and he saw no reason to change his view so he rejected Buddhism and moved on. It's an honest approach.

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Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

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Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

Postby Dan74 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:41 pm

Throughout this discussion (and others) there is an assumption that everything written in the Suttas was spoken by the Buddha. I don't think we can be sure of that, can we?

My take is being agnostic about what I cannot verify (or disprove) by experience.
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