"As for the questions:
If that turns you off, then you shouldn't use it. I find imagery of Buddha quite beautiful and inspiring. I have a Buddha in marble in my room, and sometimes depending on where my mind has been I can use it…"
"Enlightenment does happen, but it's not the experience people make it out to be. It's very natural. There are moments of ecstatic bliss, or waking up and being there, they are called 'satori' or momentary awakening in…"
"In my experience, people have a tendency to naturally favor their own view of the world, over the views of others, and believe that their understanding of the world is inherently more accurate than the understanding of others (in Psychology these…"
"Don’t practice Buddhism? Are Buddhist? I wasn’t sure I understood the next to the last sentence, although I enjoyed the Friday night beer part. J
I say practicing; just implying I’m not Buddhist in the traditional sense and…"
"I haven’t always been atheist. Interestingly, it was my participation in Buddhism that eventually led me to cease believing in supernatural phenomena. In regards to meditation on loving-kindness (which I have practiced quite a bit over the…"
"I take Buddhism, and similarly the desire to be Christ-like in Christianity, as a striving toward the impossible. Like striving toward "peace among all men," enlightenment may be an impossible construct, but it is in the striving that we…"
"I come to this forum as an atheist interested in Buddhism (I not a practising buddhist), and would be very interested to hear your perspective. From my reading, I find that many of the propositions of buddhism seem to hang together (though [see my…"
"I also don't believe in the supernatural but I find that many practices, like the lovingkindness meditation and nambutsu (meditation on Buddha himself) are useful means (upaya) to calm the mind and to focus. So it would be unfair to dismiss…"
I have been a member of this forum now for a few months, but have not posted anything, so this will be my first. At any rate, in reading some of the posts listed here, it seems that there's a pretty large variety in the interpretation of what it means to be atheist or not. I do not believe in a god or gods. I simply see no reason to suppose supernatural causes when empirical observation itself seems to suggest little reason to believe in such hypotheses (if no god is required for an explanation…See More
Welcome to this friendly meeting place including buddhist freethinkers who recognise that fictional gods and crafty religions have always been used to deceive and control vulnerable superstitious people including defenceless children;
----and how tragic and inexcusable it also is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and longer.