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July 12, 2012

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".....The soul is the same as the body I have left undeclared - The soul is one thing and the body another I have left undeclared. After death a Tathagata exists - I have left undeclared...." et cetera, Majjhima Nikaya, Culamalurikya Sutta

It may be fundamental that the ten (sometimes fourteen) unanswered questions remain such.

Like David Ashton says the answers don't make any difference.

Paul Garrigan

" I just don’t understand why they need to call this Buddhism. To make matters worse you have people like Stepehen Batchelor who are trying to claim that the Buddha was originally some type of nihilistic materialist."

Bless your heart laddie! :)

Excellent article! I don’t see anything wrong with westerners cherry picking the parts of the teachings they like to soften their scientism and nihilistic beliefs. I just don’t understand why they need to call this Buddhism. To make matters worse you have people like Stepehen Batchelor who are trying to claim that the Buddha was originally some type of nihilistic materialist.

I live in Buddhist Thailand and it always amazes me to hear western Buddhists mock the locals for their beliefs. Some of these people are only recent converts to Buddhism but they look down on the Thais for not being Buddhist enough. They try to make out that teachings like rebirth are just superstition.

Great scholarly breakdown of the contemporary buddhist malaise. This also admirably reinforces your case in "Spotting secular Buddhists."

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