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Why Buddhism Isn’t a Religion

| November 27, 2017 | 5 Comments
Why Buddhism Isn’t a Religion

We’ll look at three ways that Buddhism isn’t a religion, focusing on early Buddhism in particular. Of course, Buddhism has religious aspects. However it also can be seen as something entirely non-religious, more in the vein of a school of philosophy.

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The Buddha and Blasphemy

| January 27, 2015 | 11 Comments
The Buddha and Blasphemy

With the recent tragedy at Charlie Hebdo blasphemous satire is in the news, and many ask if it should be allowed. There are many different degrees of “allow”, and most discussions on the matter, particularly the more virulent, trade off of these different degrees. First there is the plain issue of legality: should the state allow satire? […]

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Religion and Dukkha

| April 5, 2012 | 3 Comments
Religion and Dukkha

When atheists speak up about the harmful effects of religion, we’re often asked, in effect, what our problem is. How are we so sure we’re right? What about our own dogmatic beliefs? Isn’t it enough for us to reject religion, without actively opposing it? Why are we, as even Stephen Batchelor says, so “humorless’? These charges are even more pointed for those of us who are secular dharma practitioners. When we inveigh against the religious trappings of Buddhist traditions, we are accused of disrespecting the tradition and its teachers, indeed even of threatening the survival of the dharma in the West (see the interview with Tim Olmsted in the Fall 2010 Tricycle for a good example of this). Why don’t we just relinquish this fixed view and be more open-minded?

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What relgion, or lack thereof, were you raised with in childhood? (First 12 years)

| January 30, 2012 | 3 Comments
What relgion, or lack thereof, were you raised with in childhood? (First 12 years)

Take this poll to share what your religious background was. [poll id=”7″]   We are trying to understand our virtual sangha (community) better. Thank you!    

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Can Christianity and Buddhism Remain Relevant?

| January 10, 2012 | 1 Comment
Can Christianity and Buddhism Remain Relevant?

A conversation between secular Buddhist teacher Stephen Batchelor and Christian theologian Lloyd Geering, held at St Andrews on The Terrace in Wellington, New Zealand in November 2010.

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A Secular Religion?

| June 28, 2011 | 32 Comments
A Secular Religion?

This is the second  installment in which I discuss ideas presented by Stephen Bachelor in a series of dharma talks in late 2010. You can hear them at dharmaseed.org. The debate about whether Buddhism is a religion or not is a classic case of the futility of dispute. Much heat is generated, little light is […]

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