Don’t believe in reincarnation? Do believe in Gay Rights? There’s no such thing as a Buddhist heretic.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 28, 2012
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The tradition of Buddhism (I’m Buddhist, this is what I’ve been taught) is this:

“Always trust the principle one.” Meaning, trust your own judgment before any outside (theistic) wisdom.

“Do not follow what I say. Only do what I say if it meets your experience.” ~ Buddha

Dalai Lama: “If Buddhism and science conflict, we go with Science.”

I don’t have the exact quotes, but that’s the gist.


PS: that’s why, say, if reincarnation doesn’t makes sense to me, but is a Buddhist “belief,” I (after much consideration and study) toss it.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & 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. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Don’t believe in reincarnation? Do believe in Gay Rights? There’s no such thing as a Buddhist heretic.”

  1. Padma Kadag says:

    How does your philosophy jibe with "accept everything, reject nothing"? It seems to me that HH's comment regarding science, if in fact that is what he said, was starting from a "Buddhist" perspective in reference to buddhists. The "As it Is" view which is a result of authentic buddhist training does not contradict the empirical protocols for scientific observation and inquiry.