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Race Jackson Wrote:
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> Assertion: Buddhism is not a religon
>
    > [*] Buddhism has no God, gods, or goddesses
    > [*] Buddhism has no pope, prophet, prophetess,
    > partriarch or matriarch
    > [*] Buddhism has no heaven or hell
    >
> Argue against the assertion.

The assertion is not so simple because first of all it needs to distinguish which "Buddhism"
terminology refers to.

Another question is the meaning of the terms "Religion".
Let then start examining this word: Religion:

The definition of religion is a controversial subject in religious studies with scholars failing to agree
on any one definition. Some scholars define religion as a cultural system of behaviors and practices,
others as a comprehensive worldview or a moral community called a church.

A number of scholars have pointed out that the terminology used in the study of religion in the west derives
from Judeo-Christian tradition, and that the basic assumptions of religion as an analytical category are all
Western in origin.


My personal view and of cours IMHO, the main point who focalize the term Religion is : A COMPLEX OF BELIEFS.

Let now examine what is the mening of "Buddhism":

Buddhism originated in Ancient India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, from where
it spread through much of Asia.

Buddhist schools vary on the exact nature of the path to liberation, the importance and canonicity of various teachings and scriptures, and especially their respective practices.

The Mahayana practice of bodhicitta and the Vajrayana practices of generation stage and completion stage.

In Theravada, the ultimate goal is the cessation of kleshas (destructive mental states including ignorance, attachment, and aversion) and the attainment of the sublime state of Nirvana, achieved by practising the
Noble Eightfold Path (also known as the Middle Way), thus escaping what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth.
Theravada has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

The Mahayana, which includes the traditions of Pure Land, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism, Shingon and Tiantai (Tendai), is found throughout East Asia.
Rather than Nirvana, Mahayana instead aspires to Buddhahood via the bodhisattva path, a
state wherein one remains in the cycle of rebirth to help other beings reach awakenings
.

The Vajrayana, a body of teachings attributed to Indian siddhas, may be viewed as a third branch or merely a
part of Mahayana.
Tibetan Buddhism, which preserves the Vajrayana teachings of eighth century India,is practised in regions
surrounding the Himalayas, Mongolia and Kalmykia.
Tibetan Buddhism aspires to Buddhahood or rainbow body
.

As we can see in Buddhism are clearly "beliefs" as are in any religion all around the world.

Just my humble point of view as a man of a country....

NBD

Ivano

Sources:... as usual just to start the path to understood what Buddhism is....
[en.wikipedia.org] - Buddhism
[en.wikipedia.org]- Definition of Religion
[en.wikipedia.org]- Buddhist texts
[en.wikipedia.org]- Four Noble Truths
[en.wikipedia.org]- Dalai Lama
[en.wikipedia.org]- Bardo Thodol

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21-Apr-18 18:50 by Vanya.

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Subject Views Written By Posted
Buddhism is not a religion 793 Race Jackson 21-Apr-18 04:30
Re: Buddhism is not a religion 198 Susan Doris 21-Apr-18 05:57
Re: Buddhism is not a religion 200 Aine 21-Apr-18 12:04
Re: Buddhism is not a religion 183 Poster Boy 21-Apr-18 15:12
Re: Buddhism is not a religion 197 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-18 17:54
Re: Buddhism is not a religion 171 D-Archer 24-Apr-18 14:56
Re: Buddhism is not a religion 156 drrayeye 24-Apr-18 16:34
Re: Buddhism is not a religion 247 Eddie Larry 24-Apr-18 16:41
Re: Buddhism is not a religion 206 carolb 21-Apr-18 12:32
Mod Note > Topic Moved 175 Dr. Troglodyte 21-Apr-18 15:49
Buddhism is not a religion (or instead is a religion ?) 270 Vanya 21-Apr-18 18:50
Re: Buddhism is not a religion (or instead is a religion ?) 148 drrayeye 24-Apr-18 16:21
Cafeteria Buddhism 190 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-18 20:01
Re: Cafeteria Buddhism 175 Itatw70s 21-Apr-18 23:42
Re: Buddhism is not a religion 180 drew 23-Apr-18 01:42
Re: Buddhism is not a religion it is also full sh*t 161 D-Archer 24-Apr-18 14:28


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