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The Meaning of Life

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Spirituality has a great deal to offer. Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, etc. take your pick, they all deal with what it is we are looking for. But, how do we know what we are looking for? Many religions offer answers, but are they the answers we not so much want, but NEED?

The post modern, post industrial world is a complex one, and it would seem we are entering a new Dark Ages. With the likes of Desperate Housewives, Kardasians, Big Brother, and Survival on television along with the long list of absolute garbage films made in Hollywood such as Men Who Stare at Goats, it would seem the golden age of the middle 20th century is over. Looking at such a situation we would think that the world, and especially society is gone down the tubes. It would seem that those in the past, Humphry Bogart, Fess Parker, James Arness, and James Garner that stood for the better aspects of humanity are gone.

What can we do? There still is hope. While the entertainment industry is certainly gone to hell, that does not necessarily mean that we have to follow suit. There is an inner voice telling us what is wrong and what is right. It’s just up to us to listen.

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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Buddhism: Purely Asian, or Simply Pure

I was thinking today. would Buddhism be Buddhism outside of Asia. Would it have developed as it did outside of it’s native land. Buddhism is very modern, but also steeped in the ancient traditions of Hinduism and Asian culture in general. Buddhism would seem like some post-modern psycotherapy if it were not an ancient technique to find the real truth. It has been adapted and adopted by the likes of Albert Einstein, hippies, scientists, and other forward thinkers. Those who think of themselves as modern, rational, educated, and intelligent accept Buddhism in ways that they would not accept other world religions.

For me, it’s impossible to say if Buddhism would have existed without ancient India. It seems like a very American religion, but at the same time America is not a Buddhist country. Buddhism is democratic, it respects the individual, and while it is not a city on a hill, it does encourage the practitioner in a manner of speaking to be a person on a hill. An idealized, perfect person who has found all the secrets of life and is set not to be reborn.

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Buddhism in America

There’s much talk about Buddhism in America a recent symposium in New York estimated 3 million Buddhists in the USA. Surprising number? Hard to say. The event as reported by AOL did recognized what I’ve been observing for many years: a group that is divided. Orthodoxy, sectarianism, and the like are real issues in the patchwork of American Buddhism.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Uncategorized