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    Are There Any Buddhists on Skadi?

    Some Japanese-born teachers of Zen Buddhism in the West in the past actually discouraged their Western Buddhist students from describing or identifying themselves as Buddhists to non-Buddhists.

    The other term they discouraged their Western students from using in describing themselves was "Zen Buddhist." Insisting with some vigor and vehemence on only describing themselves as Buddhists, not "Zen Buddhists."

    "We are Buddhists, not 'Zen Buddhists.'"

    I can dig it. There is Zen Buddhism but there are no Zen Buddhists: There are only Buddhists that practise Zen. One can, too, practise Zen without even being a Buddhist.

    But for myself, I found trying to practise Zen without Buddhism to be an empty, unfulfilling, and in the last analysis, futile and vain exercise. When I took refuge, I took refuge in it all of it: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. And as far as this Buddhist practiser (N.B.: not practitioner) is concerned, it was the smartest thing I ever did, or one of them.


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    I dislike Buddhism. Firstly I find the concept of karma more absurd than all theist religion put together. We live in an amoral universe where moral intentions have little or no effect and are often detrimental to survival. Secondly the concept of rebirth doesn't ring true for me. I know instinctively I've never been here before. There is no mechanism which would allow it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Entoprocta View Post
    I dislike Buddhism. Firstly I find the concept of karma more absurd than all theist religion put together. We live in an amoral universe where moral intentions have little or no effect and are often detrimental to survival. Secondly the concept of rebirth doesn't ring true for me. I know instinctively I've never been here before. There is no mechanism which would allow it.
    LOL, reincarnation is metaphysical or poetical description for the ecological cycle. Anything else attached to it for trying to steer how one's carbon and molecules are rearranged after death is pure fantasy, unless referring to reproduction. Yes, however, your soul/anima/energy is transferred as your matter is changed and this ghost cannot be destroyed, although it may have come from the stars and may return there. How's that for celestial understanding? I find Indogermanic religions more scientific than Afroasiatic Abrahamic ones.


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