What first attracted me to buddhism in the years that followed my slow abandonment of formal christianity wasn't anything intellectual but had to do rather with imagination, with images of liberation i was struck by the serenity of the figure of the buddha, its representation of self-possession and calm.
You, of course, all accept that religions that have survived thousands of years pass everything on with perfect accuracy, right (surely you don't) i understand that quite often the perception is that the buddha was deluded — so caught up in his own time that he could not free himself from views about the.
The buddha's teachings are referred to as the dhamma (or dharma in sanskrit), which literally means the ultimate truth or the truth about reality, and the buddha encourages followers to investigate his teachings for themselves one of the six qualities of the dhamma is described as “ehipassiko”, meaning. In his book the universe in a single atom he wrote, my confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science, so in buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation and if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in buddhism to be.
Religion and science do not have to be at odds, says sagan's widow.
For a 2,500-year-old religion, buddhism seems remarkably compatible with our scientifically oriented culture, which may explain its surging popularity here in america over the last 15 years, the number of buddhist centers in the united states has more than doubled, to well over 1,000 as many as 4 million. 6) our origin is irrelevant while most religions busy themselves with tales of creation and the universe, buddhism doesn't care at all why because the most important thing is the ever-present now, and working on ourselves in the moment that means letting go of the past and the future.
Buddhist thought and western philosophy include several interesting parallels before the 20th century, a few european thinkers such as arthur schopenhauer and friedrich nietzsche had engaged with buddhist thought likewise, in asian nations with buddhist populations, there were also attempts to bring the insights of.