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December 03, 2014


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It is "vodou", not "voodoo" (which is a Hollywood invention), and I would not call it superstition.

PS: I wasn't referring to rebirth, karma and nirvana, of course. Those three are fundamental to Buddhism. So Stephen Batchelor is not a Buddhist in my book. - I was referring more to Tibetan exorcism that you seem to believe in? I'm asking myself where does a anti-secularist and non-skeptic draw the line? Is Tibetan astrology is still "Noble"? There must be a limit to what one will still accept.

Where do we draw a line between credulity and faith? If "secular" means not believing in Tibetan juju, exorcism, astrology, then I am certainly a secular Buddhist. Or: where do you draw the line? Do you believe in everything that's out there? When I was in Japan, I witnessed this peculiar Japanese mix of religions. They sell you Shinto good luck charms in Buddhist temples.

I consider myself a secular non-materialist, in that I don't believe in voodoo, be it Tibetan or Japanese, but I don't believe the world is just matter, either. I believe in that quote you often post: "Mind is the matrix of all matter" by Max Planck.

I don't want to choose between materialist science and spiritual voodoo. I think there is a third choice.

We can retain our European Enlightenment values, and everything good about skepticism and the scientific method, while at the same time realizing that is not the ultimate horizon.

My problem with magic is not that I pretend to know it doesn't exist. Who knows? Maybe there are supernatural powers out there. I don't want to deny anything outright. The problem is that they're often used to justify social hierarchy.

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