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July 10, 2012

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Lenore Lambert: Secular Buddhism (Stephen Batchelor's oddball interpretation) survives by keeping newbies in the dark. Virtually both canons are purposely ignored including much of the current paranormal research conducted at the University of Virginia. Secular Buddhism is one of the many schisms that the true dharma has faced and managed to survive.

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." – Plato

It is quite remarkable reading about the things that secular Buddhists believe from the outside perspective. If I had to declare an affinity with any Buddhist camp it would be the secular one. Yet 3/4 of the things that I read about my beliefs according to these commentators is foreign to me. Interesting too, that there is almost never compassion or kindness in these posts.

Secular Buddhism is only in its infancy and still figuring out what it believes. Interesting that there are so many critical commentators around trying to knock us down when we haven't even found our feet yet. It might be interesting practice for the gun-jumping critics to meditate on their own intentions.

“Denying believing and doubting are to men what running is to horses.” —Pascal

Another opportunity to hear a gelding bray while heedlessly running off in petulant protest.

Azanshi (you use the same language style as The Zennist - are you the same person?)

With all due respect, what you present here is your interpretation. Not only your interpretation of the Buddhist scriptures but also your interpretation of my experience. Unless you are psychic, you do not know whether or not I have experienced "direct spiritual entrance into the real nature of Mind Only". If you assume that I have not merely because I use my rational mind to challenge your statements and come to different conclusions, then I must question your logic. To repeat, "we must each arrive at our own 'Buddhism' applying our own experience." As for death, I personally don't care if there is an afterlife of any kind or not. As I have said before, I would not live my life any differently either way.

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