Based on the above, and my past experience, I cannot see why anyone would willingly follow such a philosophy. Especially the whole “question everything you know to the point of absurdity” point of view that is taken to daily life. It’s like they seek to ruin what is good and what makes life worth living in favor of some escape from this alleged “hell” they say we are in.
Well that and the only reason to buy into it is if reincarnation and the endless cycle of rebirths is real. I think that part might have been made up in order to get people to follow.
Actually, I’m not going to read further. Yes, like most religions/philosophies Buddhism has some awesome little turns of phrase that anyone can appreciate but obviously “buying into it” includes accepting a core tenet. What else do you expect?
While I know anybody can call themselves whatever they want to, I personally don’t buy that someone who rejects a core part of a religion is actually of that religion. On the other hand, Buddhism really wasn’t intended to be a religion so much as a practice so I guess pizza parlor buddhism is a little more legit.
Have these Protestant denominations rejected the ten commandments or that Jesus is our saviour? The endless cycle of rebirth is the reason for Buddhism to exist. If you reject that, you just think mindfulness is good- you’re not a Buddhist imho. But like I said, I am fully aware people can call themselves whatever they want.
I recall having a thing for Taoism in the 60s. That seemed pretty nihilistic looking back. My native skepticism won out in the end though and I decided that all religions have a huge nothingness at their center. How could they not?
Depending on definition, you could say that Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t meet the definition of believing Jesus to be God. Ditto for the Mormons. There are others, most of which have been labelled heretical, but who still say they’re christian and follow Christ’s teachings.