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

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Comment by Philip Jackson Armstrong on January 14, 2011 at 5:14pm
I don't call myself a Buddhist, but I found the 4 Noble truths to be the answer of how to live life in my teens. And if you seen me around on this site you heard me say before Popeye, at a young age, was my greatest influence, "I am what I am and that is all that I am." The noble truths just seemed to relate.
Comment by Francesco Lovati on November 29, 2010 at 7:56am
that's exatly the group for me! hi pals!
Comment by Vangelis Stamatopoulos on October 24, 2010 at 12:49am
I've just posted my first blog on Atheist Nexus! Yay! It relates to the way Buddhism and other non-theistic religions are being excluded from atheism in Australia. You can read more here.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 27, 2010 at 9:37am
I'm new on this board and mostly new to this subject, but I'll throw this out. ...

"Ask yourself this; 'Are you a human being having a spiritual experience, or a spiritual being having a human experience?"
-- Wayne Dyer, PhD

Having quoted that, how does one understand such a statement from a free-thought, atheist, humanist perspective? Personally, I'm very uncomfortable with the word spiritual, but I'm thinking the remark by Wayne Dyer speaks to personal integration and holistic psychology. And how would a Buddhist say the same for people engaged in life and not living in a sanctuary away from "the world"?
-- Gary
Comment by Alex Reesor on September 20, 2010 at 8:26am
Hi all. In the academic world I'm an atheist. But in my personal life I'm a zen Buddhist.
Comment by ramyunmori on June 19, 2010 at 8:35pm
Hi there. I'm a follower of Korean Zen. My dharma teacher is Hyongak Sunim. He frequently points to the godless nature of Buddhism as part of his teachings.
Comment by Rodney Turner on June 19, 2010 at 4:02pm
That is the interesting thing about the texts. They are not a complete and inerrant body of work (just imagine trying to read the whole of all the canons). We are free to stick to one sutra or draw from many. We are not bound to any dogmas or orthodoxies (no matter what the traditionalists may say).
Comment by James M. Martin on June 19, 2010 at 3:03pm
Nice comment, R.T. In a preface or introduction to a translation of the Garland-sutra, the writer recounts how an ancient empress who desired an understanding of the ideas of an outstanding teacher. When she asked if he could illustrate the interconnectedness (which you rightly find cognate to Indra's Net), she was invited into a great hall that was absolutely dark, had mirrors on all walls, the ceiling and floor, and had a candle in the middle, reflected off the mirrors beyond infinity. When the empress left the hall, she appeared to have had a satori. In any case, when presented with different ontological positions in the sutras and other Buddhist literature, I respond most sympathetically with the Hua-Yen. I think it is a great humanist work.
Comment by Rodney Turner on June 19, 2010 at 2:43pm
Hello James,

I don't think the Buddha is speaking of all potentialities existing, but rather what we do now matters more than what we can merely speculate about.

It's funny that you mention the Flower Garland and its hall of mirrors so soon after I watched Enter the Dragon for the umpteenth time. :)

I am more familiar with the idea as Indra's Net. Same basic idea, but a hall of mirrors is a little easier for me to visualize.

We don't have to go to QM to see that all is interconnected. It's right there in front of our faces, all we have to do is pay attention.
Comment by James M. Martin on June 19, 2010 at 9:49am
And, BTW, there is a Buddhist writing, the Hua Yen sutra, that is decidedly a work of a theoretical physicist. It imagines the universe as a hall of infinitely reflecting mirrors; the stars, as vastly interconnected (the Bohm-Krishnamurti hypothesis). (John Donne said the same thing in his meditation on an "emergent occasion," the one including the line, "No man is an island....")

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