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I came across this infinitely stupid cut&paste spiel on someone's profile on another site, so of course I had to post it here.  It was too ridiculous - I couldn't resist!Love vs. SexA teenage…Continue

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Sharon Bennett commented on Kacie Tsao's blog post Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy
"Then again there is also the more advanced meditative practice of koans, which are purposefully illogical questions that people meditate on with a Zen teacher. (It doesn't work the same way if you try to do it without a teacher). It is a…"
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Kacie Tsao's blog post Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy
"Thanks for sharing. This is enlightening."
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Sharon Bennett commented on Kacie Tsao's blog post Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy
"Again a lot of this is all a matter of semantics, but I would say that Buddhism is not really in the head. It's actually a very physical practice, in a sense. As far as philosophers, I do remember from school that there were many many…"
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Kacie Tsao replied to Dustin Roy's discussion Reasons why religion is bad.....
"Speaking of god as a fictional character, of course, that'd totally be the way he rolls.  He's a jerk like that."
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Kacie Tsao replied to Dustin Roy's discussion Reasons why religion is bad.....
"That was kind of a dick move on his part to come back to claim some inheritance money.  Worst way to come out of the closet? There are a lot of heterosexual marriages where one spouse is actually homosexual, though, and that's definitely…"
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Kacie Tsao replied to Dustin Roy's discussion Reasons why religion is bad.....
"Yup.  Gotta overcome that sinful left-handedness!   And while you're at it, stay in the closet, marry a nice woman, have some kids, and then destroy their lives when you fake your own death and come crawling back more than a decade…"
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Kacie Tsao replied to Dustin Roy's discussion Reasons why religion is bad.....
"When they say it's a choice...  I know some religious people have accepted the genetic basis of sexuality, but they still feel it's a "choice" whether or not the homosexual individual engages in homosexual behavior.…"
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Kacie Tsao replied to Milo's discussion "Well you're not really an atheist, you're just agnostic"
"Ahaha~  Yes, yes they do.  Well, some of them.  I think it's more that they're threatened by it - the word "atheist", I mean.  Sometimes Christians are taught that atheists are evil immoral monsters, so they…"
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Kacie Tsao commented on Kacie Tsao's blog post Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy
"LOL.  If it's something that you feel so passionate about, maybe you should start a topic on the forums.  I'm sure you'll get more perspectives there than here on my page with the (so far) single blog post. XD Anyway, I…"
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Kacie Tsao replied to Milo's discussion "Well you're not really an atheist, you're just agnostic"
"One of the reasons they use the argument is because many people who call themselves agnostics are kinda wishy-washy about things.  It's not about the agnostics who, well, everyone's a bit agnostic because there's no absolutes and…"
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k.h. ky commented on Kacie Tsao's blog post Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy
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Sharon Bennett commented on Kacie Tsao's blog post Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy
"One thing I forgot to mention- boddhisattvas don't just have to be certain concepts or images (i.e. like kanon or compassion). Another synonym of the same word is any being who gives up complete enlightenment so as to help others come to…"
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Sharon Bennett commented on Kacie Tsao's blog post Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy
"Oh sorry about your gender! Actually you are right, about which countries Kannon changed genders. Sorry about that. :) Hmm, I think that most of us who practice at the place I go would disagree that we are philosophical Buddhists. Philosophical…"
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Kacie Tsao commented on Kacie Tsao's blog post Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy
"Sharon, my post was not meant to say that Buddhism is horrible.  I'm sorry if I as unclear in my wording and that's all you got out of it.  The point was that, for the majority of religious Buddhists, the amount of woo involved…"
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Glen Rosenberg commented on Kacie Tsao's blog post Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy
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Sharon Bennett commented on Kacie Tsao's blog post Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy
"Ok, I read this and I really felt I needed to comment on it.First of all, you are not 100% wrong, but neither are you 100% right. You can be atheist and Buddhist (of the practicing kind) without there being a problem. Let me make an admission here…"
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Buddhism as an "Atheistic Religion": a Western Fantasy

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 12:00am 29 Comments

Too often, I find that atheists are reluctant to criticize Buddhism.  Atheists who would otherwise have no problems ripping apart Christianity, Islam, shamanism, cargo cults and the like... somehow falter when it comes time to deliver that final blow to ALL belief systems based on faith and superstition.  They somehow cannot find anything bad to say about Buddhism.

In the West, Buddhism has been built up as an idealistic belief system.  It's perfect and nonviolent and -- and…

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At 7:48pm on December 13, 2011, Jedi Wanderer said…

You are right on the mark, prompting me again to say that I think you really do have a knack for philosophical arguments. Since you have not taken a class, I suggest you do. In my opinion, a single class in philosophy can be one of the truly great things you do in your life, and even if it doesn't count to your major it is worth the tuition money. And someone posted a good article on Ayn Rand to the discussion, to which I wrote a brief response. If you come across it, its really worth reading. Crazy stuff in there about Ayn Rand even i didn't know about.

 

Astronomy is awesome! I just learned about a kind of a star called a "magnetar", so super-cool. It's a neutron star with the most powerful magnetic field in the universe. Did you know that there might be giant diamonds in space the size of stars? The universe is filled with awesome stuff.

 

Hah, I actually got into philosophy from reading Ayn Rand! Well, more or less. I was raised Jewish but never bought it at all. I was always a philosopher at heart, I just never knew what philosophy WAS until I was well into my 20's and had started reading Rand. As an atheist, she was pretty cool. I bought up all her books, and it didn't take me too long to realize that there was a lot there I wasn't buying either. Then I started taking classes in college and quickly left Rand far behind me. There are so many much better philosophers out there. I keep coming back to her though because she was so influential to libertarian philosophy, which is, in my opinion, as simple, unsophisticated, and dogmatic as most religions. Which perhaps explains its popularity! People are far too quick to latch on to easy answers, and then frustratingly far too slow to leave them behind despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. I fear for humanity.

 

That's so weird, a large Somalian presence in Minnesota. Do you have one of those funny midwestern accents? I'm imagining a chinese girl talking in midwestern drawl to Somalians - quite a picture!

 

I know a smattering of Spanish, Hebrew, and Turkish. Not much really, mostly just commonly used words and phrases. I'm just fine with only knowing English! But it would have been cool if I knew other languages.

At 8:57am on December 12, 2011, Jedi Wanderer said…

That guy's a loon. They all must be, because they ascribe to a lunatic philosophy. I just couldn't believe it while watching Ron Paul in the GOP debates how, e.g., he couldn't give a straight answer to whether someone without health insurance should be left to die. Meanwhile the audience who supports him were literally screaming "yes, let her die!" So callous, heartless, and short-sighted. This is why I don't even debate those guys anymore, it's like arguing with a stone wall and expecting somehow to be enlightened.

 

Yeah the sciences are hard, way too much math for me as well. I studied astronomy in college and while I learned alot about the universe, how to calculate orbits and distances and such were not among them. I also had a pretty tough time with languages too though. Do you know many languages? How did you communicate with a Somalian? That's pretty cool that you did btw. Did you travel to Africa? I've never been there.

 

You also seem to have a real knack for arguments (that's a compliment coming from a philosopher). Did you ever take any philosophy classes? Not that I'm advocating taking up philosophy as a career choice. It is probably the single worst field as far as being able to turn an education into a profitable career.

At 10:22pm on December 11, 2011, Brent Feeney said…

Welcome aboard! =)  Hope this finds you doing well today...

At 7:56pm on December 11, 2011, Jedi Wanderer said…

Yes it is pretty yucky, most of his answers do come out that way eventually, where someone is SOL. Too bad for them, not my problem, etc. Actually I was looking for an explanation for why we wouldn't be doing the "rational" thing by using such weapons, since we would need to be in a war for the issue to be relevant and in a war, wouldn't you want to kill and/or brutally maim as many enemies as possible? I just got through watching a bit about how some ancient Greeks poisoned a city's drinking water and felt so bad about it that afterwards they signed some law banning such tactics from being used again. We also have the same laws today, and I was wondering how someone like him could justify such behavior since we should apparently be so cold and calculating and not let our emotions interfere with our merciless destruction of our enemies and so forth. It seems he would be forced to say that we should use such weapons, and this would be still more evidence of how he is less than human.

 

Linguistics eh? My closest friend studies linguistics, or at least its part of what he does, he studies the classics and can read/interpret latin and greek. Why did you go into that field? I'm thinking money is not high on your list of priorities (MCL would not approve, lol!).

At 6:18pm on December 11, 2011, Jedi Wanderer said…

Well you were tactful, so that's good. Yeah maybe I shouldn't be sending you off to talk to people too weird for me to talk to! I want to know what a good counterargument would be, but he wouldn't give me a good counterargument. Well I'm big into philosophy so that's my thing, arguments. And what are you going to school for, may I ask? I'm guessing something in the humanities.

At 4:42pm on December 11, 2011, Jedi Wanderer said…

You seem to have a good head on your shoulders regardless. And you are right, you don't need a whole lot of background for Objectivism to make your hair stand on end. A little bit of intuition and common sense is all you need to know that neither the government nor an individual shouldn't make cold, emotionless decisions like "let them die" if they can't do it on their own. Absurd. I'd like to know how MCT would explain why we should or shouldn't use chemical/biological weapons on our enemies, but we don't respond to each other anymore. You can ask him if you'd like!

At 5:19pm on December 10, 2011, Jedi Wanderer said…

I'd personally join the discussion 'Libertarianism and Socialism' if 1. I had more time, and 2. MCT wasn't doing the arguing. I've had my run with him, and he just goes into the exact same points ad nauseum. But you have fun! Your arguments are terrific AND I agree with you. Looking fwd to seeing you in a conversation I actually participate in!

At 9:43pm on December 9, 2011, Steph S. said…
Greetings! Welcome to the site! Thanks for the comment on my photo! Hope you are doing well today!
At 6:24pm on December 9, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Kacie and welcome to this wonderful world of atheist truth and peace.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 580 discussion topics and nearly 3200 members.
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At 4:00pm on December 9, 2011, Joseph P said…

Ohhhhhhhh, those things.  Gotcha.  Yeah, great pets.  Easy to raise, and interesting to check out ... and if things head south, you can just make a quick run down to the hall toilet, without feeling too horrible about it.  :-D

 
 
 

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