Atheist Buddhists

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What is different in your life's perspective because of Buddhism.

Started by Philip Jackson Armstrong. Last reply by Philip Jackson Armstrong Aug 15, 2013. 7 Replies

The Teachings of Ethical Culture

Started by Dave Salyers. Last reply by Napoleon Bonaparte Jul 11, 2013. 1 Reply

My power

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Steph S. Apr 4, 2012. 2 Replies

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Comment by Laars Zwarte on January 5, 2013 at 10:13am

Good day all,

New guy here, I go by Laars.

I am/was a sometime Buddhist - lapsed in the moment, but Atheism has been more on my radar lately. Especially during and after the US election where it was crammed down our throats.

I was not raised with religion, and I "chose" made the most sense to me as to what I might ascribe to were I to "practice".  However I have had my share of difficulties with it, too. Some judgmental types who would tell me how I should practice.

Anyway, here I am, and I look forwards to some lively discussions. Thanks.

Comment by Philip Jackson Armstrong on May 5, 2012 at 6:45pm

Selina I was never really indoctrinated. Around 1961 I was 6 years old. My stepgrand mother suggested that my parents introduce us to religion. Anyway, we went to the sermon and then the children went to Sunday school. I had no idea who jesus was, I had heard about baby jesus.  Anyway to make a long story short, the teenager doing the Sunday school class showed me a picture of a hairy guy in one of my grand mothers dresses and said HE LOVES YOU. I freaked spewed lots of bad words and was kicked out of Sunday school. That was the moment that I new there was something wrong.

Comment by James M. Martin on May 5, 2012 at 3:44pm

Selina, that story is 69 years in the making.  I started out protestant Episcopal, went agnostic, embraced Hinduism, dabbled in paganism and the occult, went Buddhist, then went anti-theist.  To quote the Dead, what a long, strange trip it's been.

Comment by Selina Mannion on May 5, 2012 at 11:25am

do any of you guys have a story on becoming a theist to atheist. I am doing an anthology on stories of people becoming atheists.

Comment by Steph S. on April 4, 2012 at 5:37pm

I would like to learn about this.

Comment by James stillwell on February 22, 2012 at 3:37pm
Hi everyone my name is James Stillwell. I am host of the OpenAirAtheistPodCast. I was hoping someone on here would be willing to come on the show and educate me and my listeners on your flavor of Buddhism? If anyone is willing please send me an email at and send your Skype add request to openairatheist. For more info about the podcast please go to Thanks : )
Comment by Victoria Vann on February 22, 2012 at 3:08pm

A I was looking for this! I'm reading up on Buddhism and the central ideas of it really resonate with me in a big way. I love meditation and yoga as well and I hope to find tons of insight on here.

Comment by Seth R. on May 8, 2011 at 5:03pm
Comment by Seth R. on May 8, 2011 at 5:01pm
Beautiful article "Prime Directive" not to appeal to ego but Dennis could you reference the name of the teacher and link to original source? I'd like to circulate it among my friends. Knowing the source of wise words is helpful in navigating this insane world, and I have become sensitive to citing authors when I quote them. Thanks, keep the enlightenment flowing.
Comment by John Loq on May 8, 2011 at 11:25am
This is one of the best things I have read on this site

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