From Pharyngula – on something completely unrelated to Buddhism.
As to the charge that atheism is a purely negative philosophy, I also said that wasn’t so: that it’s a rejection of old dogmas and superstitions, sure, but that it’s built on the positive value of rationalism and materialism, and scientific thinking. We adopt moral values from humanistic ideas that are centered on stuff that actually exists, like other human beings, rather than imaginary commands from an invisible man in the sky.
Wow. Sound familiar? I think the rise of a secular Buddhism in the West can be largely attributed to this viewpoint. Buddhism offers a workable religious (or philosophical) framework for individuals that reject (or like me, just don’t give a shit) about various dogmas and superstitions. Buddhism allows for this but is not dictated by it. One of the things I enjoy about my practice is that those I practice with offer a huge range of beliefs, from agnostic to atheist to deist to Christian or Buddhists (with or without the comsological aspects of it). This range of diversity is, in my mind, a strength and monkey load of fun.