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 | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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. Crystal says:

    In Buddhism, the Fifth Precept is to "abstain from wines, liquors and intoxicants that cause heedlessness."How this applies to cannabis is variously interpreted.
    And this quote from the Dalai Lama is based on an idea that the Buddha taught in regards to knowing which teachings to believe and from who. The original teaching is:
    “Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them.
    Another way it is often phrased is : “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

  3. 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.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    People are people! I've known more Buddhists than you, I might guess (I grew up and lived all my life in Buddhist community) and can half-agree with you—they're a big mix of wonderful, selfish, self-serving, kind…just like all people.

  5. elephantjournal says:

    I never said Buddhism is moralistic about weed, or alcohol, because it's not. It's just that some things cloud the mind, and can be hard to work with–doesn't mean they can't be tools if used properly and mindfully.

  6. livesmalsi says:

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