Well then, with all due respect, you'd be wrong. Any monk is a fundamentalist by definition. And if dedicating your entire life to a supernatural belief system isn't zealotry, then I'm confused - I thought we were speaking English? Whether Buddhism is benign or destructive in comparison to other supernatural belief systems is not the point. It is what it is.I wouldn't really call Buddhist monks [...] zealots or fundamentalists...
Well, people become interested in a lot of things when death is on the doorstep. I suppose your own quickly impending demise changes your perspective, doesn't it....Linda got Buk interested in meditation during his final illness...
Not strictly true. The definition I have of fundamentalism here is: "The interpretation of every word in the sacred texts as literal truth"Well then, with all due respect, you'd be wrong. Any monk is a fundamentalist by definition.
The core of Buddhism doesn't belief in supernature either (there are no gods like there are in the mono-theistic religions, for example.), though some traditions do allow for supernature, such as the Tibetans, though, if we want to get into it, one could argue that Tibetan Buddhism isn't 'pure' Buddhism because it's syncretic with the local shamanistic mystical traditions.And if dedicating your entire life to a supernatural belief system isn't zealotry, then I'm confused
Well, if the story "The Great Zen Wedding" from Erections, Ejaculations etc. is any indication, Buk certainly had a certain respect for the Zen masters ... "certain" being NONE. He even ends up getting arrested and being thrown in the drunk tank! Great story, but no evidence of any belief in or even respect for Buddhism.
Reincarnation is a supernatural belief. So is Karma. Etc., etc.The core of Buddhism doesn't belief in supernature either...
Be thankful he didn't have a Tibetan Sky Funeral, wherein the body is dismembered and left out on the mountain side for the vultures...
Well that's not much of a leap. From molecules to "souls." That's what the kids call magical thinking.But if we want to get into it reincarnation isn't necessarily 'supernatural'...When a kid is born, this is not new matter coming into being, it's just redistributed matter. That's the laws of physics.
Whether Buddhism is benign or destructive in comparison to other supernatural belief systems does not validate it or prove it is not magical thinking....Buddhism [is] also one of the few religions where it's followers don't belive the teachings tell them to kill the unbelievers.
No, L. Ron Dullard, but associating reincarnation with matter is. Okay, strictly speaking it's ignorance, not magical thinking, but you get the drift.Physics is magical thinking?
No, L. Ron Dullard, but associating reincarnation with matter is. Okay, strictly speaking it's ignorance, not magical thinking, but you get the drift.
Feel free to replace "soul" with any comparable Buddhist-approved voodoo such as "rebirth, "re-becoming," "cycle of consciousness" in my previous statements. It doesn't change them.
You're off into fairy-land, brother. Accept the fact and continue on your happy, unbroken path to eternity. Why you getting so wound up about it? It's like being mad at gravity.
Yeah, if he had inner peace he wouldn't have anything to write about.