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Sunday, August 01, 2010
Buddhalicious


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Atheists think that they are hardcore because they don't believe in God.

But Buddhists don't even believe in people!

The remarkable thing here is that some of you may think that I'm kidding, but I'm not.  This shows the depth of your prejudice.  Even the remarkable Descartes thought it was a simple restatement of fact to move from the experience of mental activity to the personal soul - or, as Alan Watts put it, "the skin-encapsulated ego".  It's amazing we in the West have any robust science at all, given such a persistent failure to overcome our parochial superstitions.  Thank G-... uh, well, it sure is nice that Kant came along.

Oh, and in related news, there are no people (...though there sure are a lot of bodies around here).  If you want details, the Buddhist tradition very cleverly organized everything into numbered lists some time ago.  The present decline of Christianity is probably due to only managing one numbered list (the Ten Commandments), which turns out to be the only thing anyone remembers.  One rather wishes they had numbered the Beatitudes instead!

So, a reasonable catechism might include:  the Three Characteristics, the Three Defilements (longer lists also exist), the Four Noble Truths, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (with (as the SubGenii might say) "hip and kool horror truth" included at no extra charge), the Five Khandhas (hint:  colloquially referred to as EVERYTHING - except Nirvana, which is next to nothing) the Five Precepts, the Five Hindrances (boo! hiss!), the Six Perfections, and, of course, the Noble Eightfold Path.

If you can get straight on these, I can guarantee you will attain eternal salvation - or triple your money back!

This offer of mine get a little less exciting when you realize that everything is always already perfect forever - depending on your standards.

From the Vajracchedika ("Diamond" or "Diamond-cutter" Sutra):

Thus shall you think of this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.

 


Posted at 2:10 pm by Jeremiadist

 

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