Wednesday, March 15, 2006

What is Buddhism?


"Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According to Buddhism, one's own actions are the creator, ultimately. Some people say that, from a certain angle, Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind. Religion has much involvement with faith. Sometimes it seems that there is quite a distance between a way of thinking based on faith and one entirely based on experiment, remaining skeptical. Unless you find something through investigation, you do not want to accept it as fact. From one viewpoint, Buddhism is a religion, from another viewpoint Buddhism is a science of mind and not a religion. Buddhism can be a bridge between these two sides."

(His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama)

3 comments:

"James" said...

I love the bridge idea.

borderline savvy said...

For me Buddhism is a philosophy/science, for my son, it is a religion. But we both meet in the middle. I have great respect for his views and honor them, as he has for mine.

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borderline savvy said...

Just to respond to your comments on my blog, you're right: It is attachments that are causing me such pain right now. I have read both Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hanh. I just haven't put them into practice. Right now my practice is lacking, except for mindfulness moments throughout the day and reading the Dharma. I am not a part of any Sangha as I live far away from ones (up 285 near Aspen Park).