What other “Religion” says this?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 15, 2013
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And that’s why we call Buddhist “non-theistic.”

It’s not about dogma, even tradition: it’s about reality.

Buddhism is about meditation: about coming back from our discursive mind to reality, dealing with it, and learning to rest in the present moment wherein our basic fundamentally clear, king human nature can express itself through dedicating our short human lives to the welfare of all. With a sense of humor. That’s about it.

That said, Buddhism’s no better than his or her or your or my religion, or lack thereof. There’s no perfect religion. There’s no perfect community.

As the Dalai Lama and Trungpa Rinpoche frequently encouraged, explore your own traditions, your own life thoroughly, and honor that. No need to shop around.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom


6 Responses to “What other “Religion” says this?”

  1. mrchokeys says:

    Except when Waylon says good Buddhists don't smoke weed, 'cause CTR said so, never mind that his preference for alcohol was based on class prejudices carried over from the feudalistic world of pre-PRC Tibet, where only the upper classes could afford alcohol, and only common peasants smoked ganja. The are numerous other instance of dogma accepted on face value, solely because one "guru" or "master" said so. No, The Buddha never said any of that kind of stuff, but it exists anyway. Yes, I choose Buddhism because I am incapable of faith (as belief with no rational or empirical basis), but some of the stuff I hear (and read on here) is pure religious dogma to be taken on faith alone, as much as with any other "faith."

  2. Ahimsa says:

    I have never met such dogmatic, superstitious, judgmental, guru humping, self serving, bad parenting (abandoning their kids to go chase "enlightenment"), self absorbed people as most buddhists I have met.

  3. livesmalsi says:

    so what's the difference? blah, blah, blah.

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